Omar: Trump rally will be 'defining moment in American history'

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar offers sneak peek at her forthcoming memoir Sanders unveils plan for government-funded child care, pre-K Ilhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' MORE (D-Minn.) in an op-ed piece published Thursday said a July rally in which Trump supporters chanted “send her back” in reference to her will be a “defining moment in American history.”

In the op-ed published by The New York Times, the freshman lawmaker discusses Trump’s ongoing attacks against her and three other progressive minority congresswomen, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: New Interior rule would limit scientific studies agency can consider | Panel battles over tree-planting bill | Trump to resume coal leases on public lands Ocasio-Cortez reads entire Green New Deal into congressional record Ocasio-Cortez meets with 'Roma' star to discuss workers' rights MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressive Democrat confronts Rep. Cuellar at parade, calls for him to debate her: report There's no such thing as a free bus Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar offers sneak peek at her forthcoming memoir Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms MORE (D-Mich.), which led up to the chants at his rally last Wednesday.


“The president’s rally will be a defining moment in American history. It reminds us of the grave stakes of the coming presidential election: that this fight is not merely about policy ideas; it is a fight for the soul of our nation,” Omar wrote.

Trump has since said he was “not happy” with the chant, but during the speech, he allowed it to continue and he has defended the rally attendees as “people who love their country.”

“The ideals at the heart of our founding — equal protection under the law, pluralism, religious liberty — are under attack, and it is up to all of us to defend them,” Omar wrote in the Times.

Omar, a Somali American who spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before coming to the U.S. as a child, describes her experience in the op-ed, speaking of both the racism she has encountered in the U.S. and “learn[ing] the true value of democracy” by becoming involved in local politics.

“I soon recognized that the only way to ensure that everyone in my community had a voice was by participating in the democratic process,” she wrote.

Omar goes on to accuse Trump of using "racist rhetoric" to prevent class solidarity while criticizing the nomination of Eugene Scalia to be the next Secretary of Labor.

“Every time Mr. Trump attacks refugees is a time that could be spent discussing the president’s unwillingness to raise the federal minimum wage for up to 33 million Americans,” she wrote.

“Every racist attack on four members of Congress is a moment he doesn’t have to address why his choice for labor secretary has spent his career defending Wall Street banks and Walmart at the expense of workers.”