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Omar, Target of Chant, Lashes Out at Trump

Created: July 18, 2019 05:47 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Somali-born congresswoman and target of "send her back" chants at President Donald Trump's campaign rally, is lashing out at Trump, calling him "fascist."

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The Minnesota Democrat made the remark to reporters Thursday, a day after Trump accused her and other progressive Democratic lawmakers of color of disliking the U.S.

During his Wednesday night rally, Trump slowly surveyed the crowd but did nothing to stop the "send her back" chants after his remarks about Omar.

Omar told reporters: "We have condemned his remarks. I believe he is fascist."

Omar cited the chants, saying, "This is what this president and his supporters have turned our country" into.

She says Trump's taunt that she and others should return to their native countries is "to every single person who shares an identity with me. He's telling them that this is not their country."

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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