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Trump accuses media of siding with freshman congresswomen in 'sick partnership'

POLITICO logo POLITICO 7/19/2019 By Quint Forgey
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President Donald Trump on Friday accused the media of siding with Rep. Ilhan Omar and the other freshman progressive congresswomen with whom he has feuded this week, criticizing reporters’ coverage of the "send her back" chant that broke out at his most recent campaign rally.

“It is amazing how the Fake News Media became ‘crazed’ over the chant ‘send her back’ by a packed Arena (a record) crowd in the Great State of North Carolina, but is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen,” the president wrote on Twitter.

“Mainstream Media, which has lost all credibility, has either officially or unofficially become a part of the Radical Left Democrat Party," he continued. "It is a sick partnership, so pathetic to watch!”

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump attacked the media after news reports showed attendees at his North Carolina rally chanting "send her back," referring to Rep. Ilhan Omar. © Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images President Donald Trump attacked the media after news reports showed attendees at his North Carolina rally chanting "send her back," referring to Rep. Ilhan Omar. Beginning last Sunday, Trump has targeted a quartet of high-profile House Democrats — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — with inflammatory rhetoric, alleging the women of color hate America and should “go back” to their countries of origin.

Of the four lawmakers, only Omar was born outside the U.S. A refugee from Somalia, she became a citizen at 17.

The clash culminated Wednesday night in cheers of “send her back” by the attendees of Trump’s rally in North Carolina as he slammed Omar in his remarks.

The president on Thursday said he “was not happy” with the chant and falsely claimed he “started speaking very quickly” in an attempt to silence the audience. In fact, Trump paused and turned away from the microphone as the crowd yelled, allowing the refrain to build up inside the arena.

Trump’s disavowal followed statements of disgust from several congressional Republicans over the rally display, as well as a meeting earlier in the day in which House GOP leadership conveyed their concerns to Vice President Mike Pence.

Upon her return to Minnesota on Thursday evening, Omar was met by a throng of supporters at a Twin Cities airport chanting, “Welcome home, Ilhan.”

“They even covered a tiny staged crowd as they greeted Foul Mouthed Omar in Minnesota,” Trump wrote online Friday, referring to members of the media.

The president went on to argue that he will win Minnesota in next year's election “because they can’t stand her and her hatred of our Country, and they appreciate all that I have done for them (opening up mining and MUCH more) which has led to the best employment & economic year in Minnesota’s long and beautiful history!"

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