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Durbin responds to Trump tweet: 'Thank goodness' Omar made it to United States

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) responded Sunday to a series of tweets by President Trump telling unnamed "'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen" to "go back" to the countries they came from, saying "that kind of careless rhetoric doesn't help one bit."

Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," Durbin defended Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) without mentioning her by name, speculating that she was the target of Trump's tweet despite its use of the plural.

Omar, along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is one of four freshman Democrats who have clashed with House Speaker Pelosi in recent weeks, and the only one of the four born outside the United States.

Durbin invoked his own family history, including his mother's journey to the U.S. as a child from Lithuania.

"I'm going to stick with the United States as my mother did, as my brothers did," he said.

Durbin also cited Omar's own life story.

"The fact that they went through refugee camps, came to the United states, clawed their way into an existence [and] eventually were elected, thank goodness," he said.

Several other congressional Democrats condemned Trump's Sunday morning tweets as racist, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), with Pelosi saying the tweetstorm indicated the president's desire to make "America White Again."