"I want to make sure that every single person who is in this country aspiring to become part of the American fabric understands that nothing this president says should be taken to heart. We are Americans as much as everyone else. This is our country, and we are where we belong. And I told the people on my election night in the great state of Minnesota we don't just welcome refugees, we send them to represent us in Washington. And as much as he's spewing his fascist ideology onstage telling U.S. citizens to go back because they don't agree with his detrimental policies for our country, we tell people that here in the United States dissent is patriotic. Here in the United States disagreement is welcomed."
"What I said on my election night was that in Minnesota we don't just welcome refugees, right? We send them to Washington. And that is our message. It is about making sure that people feel like they belong. And that we are extending that tolerance and hope and aspiration to all of them."
Just hours after a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump chanted "Send her back" at a North Carolina rally for the president, Rep. Ilhan Omar delivered a sharp rebuke to the president, calling him a fascist.
She also said, "We tell people that here in the United States dissent is patriotic. Here in the United States disagreement is welcomed, debate is welcomed, and especially in the people's house, all of our voices are uplifted."
Trump set off an uproar Sunday with tweets that falsely portrayed the women of color as foreigners and told them they should go back to the "broken and crime-infested places from which they came."
The Democratic-led House rebuked his "racist comments" Tuesday, a step that has no effect except it forced Republicans to take sides on an episode that makes them uncomfortable.
Besides Omar, Trump has also been criticizing Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
Last weekend, he tweeted they should return to their native countries if they "hate America." Of the four, who strongly oppose many of Trump's policies, one is black, one is Hispanic and two are Muslim. All are American citizens, and three were born here.
At his North Carolina rally Wednesday night , he soaked up the crowd's new chant, "Send her back," and said of the women: "They never have anything good to say. That's why I say, 'Hey if you don't like it, let 'em leave, let 'em leave.'"
"This is not about me," Omar said in response on Thursday.
"This is about us fighting for what this country truly should be and what it deserves to be."