Ilhan Omar Mocks Trump With Tweet of Her "Going Home" With Nancy Pelosi as They Visit Ghana. Epic Takedown.
August 2, 2019
By Mark Karlin
If Trump is going to be beaten, it’s going to take more than outrage against his racist, authoritarian, misogynist, oligarchical rule.
If anyone has a right to feel a grievance from Trump’s vile attacks, it’s Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
Omar, a member of the “Squad,” recently wrote an impassioned appeal to achieve an inclusive, embracing democracy. The op-ed in The New York Times reminded Americans of the promise symbolized by the Statue of Liberty and the resiliency of our Constitution. Her article was appropriately entitled, “It Is Not Enough to Condemn Trump’s Racism: The nation’s ideals are under attack, and it is up to all of us to defend them.”
In the piece, she eloquently wrote:
The consequences of this fight will not just be felt here at home but around the world. Right-wing nationalism in Hungary, Russia, France, Britain and elsewhere is on the march in ways not seen in decades. America has been a beacon of democratic ideals for the world. If we succumb to the fever of right-wing nationalism, it will have consequences far beyond our borders.
The proudest moments in our history — from the Emancipation Proclamation to the civil rights movement to the struggle against fascism — have come when we fight to protect and expand basic democratic rights. Today, democracy is under attack once again. It’s time to respond with the kind of conviction that has made America great before.
However, on August 1, Omar showed an arch humor that should inspire those who despair of Trump’s evil. Don’t let Trump take away our spirits, Omar shows us. Don’t let him break us.
That is what the takeaway is from Omar’s August 1 tweet that “shows” her “returning home,” accompanied by Nancy Pelosi, as they visit Ghana (Omar is from Somalia), on a Congressional trip, to memorialize the 400th anniversary of the American slave trade:
An August 2 USA Today article notes:
Omar was one of four Democratic congresswomen of color that Trump last month said should "go back" to their countries. He was referring to Omar, along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
All four congresswomen are U.S. citizens and three were born in the U.S. Omar immigrated to the United States as a refugee from Somalia over 20 years ago and is a naturalized citizen….
Following the tweets, chants of "send her back" broke out during a Trump rally in North Carolina last month when the president mentioned Omar. Trump initially condemned the chant, but later called those who attended that rally "patriots." Several top Democratic lawmakers called for more security for Omar and others after Trump's attacks and the chants.
Omar has exemplified strength in the face of targeting by the president of the United States that presents a personal danger to her. Indeed, followers of Trump’s white supremacist hate have already been responsible for violence and deaths.
However, Omar has given us the gift of laughter amidst the torrent of baleful malice tweeted and spoken by Trump. Moreover, by mocking him she has offered a model on how to push his buttons. He is already unhinged. With more sardonic responses, such as Omar’s, the Racist-in-Chief may just go off the rails.