President Donald Trump accused the media of becoming a part of the “Radical Left Democrat Party” in a tweet on Friday, July 19.
The president voiced his disdain for how “crazed” the “fake news media” have become over the crowd’s chant of “Send Her Back” at a packed arena in North Carolina held Wednesday, July 17.
He was amazed at the difference between the media’s reaction to the chant yet being “calm and accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen.”
The president’s Friday morning tweets are likely referring to media reports accusing the crowd’s chant of “Send Her Back” as holding strong racist sentiment, yet the media remaining mostly silent by not reporting the squad’s radically socialist views in a clear light, Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic rhetoric or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s disregard for the Holocaust when comparing Border Patrol detainment centers to concentration camps, among other statements that have shocked the president and many other Americans.
The day after the N.C. rally, President Trump denounced the chant saying he disagreed with it, speaking to reporters at the White House. He later added, those who chanted “Send Her Back” are “people who love this country. I want them to keep loving our country and I think the congresswomen, by the way, should be more positive.”
“The congresswomen have a lot of problems. When you look at the statements they made that were so bad, so horrible to our country, you look at what they said, John … It’s hard to believe that they could make statements like that … many, many statements, whether it’s about us, whether it’s about Israel, whether it’s about the World Trade Center and all of the different things that were said—it was a very terrible thing,” the president added.
“I’m not happy when I hear a chant-like that, and I’ve said that very strongly. But I will tell you, the Congressmen and women, also have an obligation to this country … and the obligation is to love your country,” the president emphasized.
“They have hatred. They have such hatred. I’ve seen statement that they’ve made with such hatred toward our country,” he said.
The chant had spontaneously broken out after the president had highlighted Omar’s record to rally attendees.
At the N.C. rally, President Trump talked about Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar: “So representative Omar blames the United States for the terrorist attacks on our country, saying that terrorism is a reaction to our involvement in other people’s affairs,” President Trump said. “She smeared U.S. service members involved in Black Hawk Down. In other words, she slandered the brave Americans who were trying to keep peace in Somalia,” reported Fox News.
He continued, “Omar minimized the September 11th attacks on our homeland, saying ‘some people did something.’”
The President was referring to a part of Omar’s speech as a featured speaker at a Council on American-Islamic Relations fundraiser attended by members of the Valley’s American Muslim community in Woodland Hills, Calif., on March 23.
The president then said, “I don’t think so. Some people did something. Yeah, some people did something. All right. She pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits attempting to join the terrorist organization. She was looking for compassion.”
He further told N.C. rally attendees, “Omar laughed that Americans speak of Al-Qaeda in a menacing tone and remarked that, you don’t say ‘America with this intensity. You say, Al-Qaeda makes you proud.’ Al-Qaeda makes you proud. You don’t speak that way about America,” Trump continued as the crowd booed. “And at a press conference just this week, when asked whether she supported Al-Qaeda — that’s our enemy, that’s our enemy, they are a very serious problem that we take care of, but they always seem to come along somewhere — she refused to answer. She didn’t want to give an answer to that question. Omar blamed the United States for the crisis in Venezuela. I mean think of that one.”
“She looks down with contempt on the hardworking American, saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country,” Trump concluded in his remarks on Omar. “And obviously and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds.”
Omar’s history of anti-Semitic speech
In January 2019, a 2012 tweet of Omar’s was recirculated. In it she said, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings in Israel.”
Omar soon issued an apology on Twitter saying she “spent lots of energy putting my 2012 tweet in context and little energy is disavowing the anti-Semitic trope I unknowingly used, which is unfortunate and offensive.”
However, in February she stressed that Israel’s supporters in Congress were only motivated by money from lobbyists.
Her comments drew harsh criticism from Republicans and Democrats. She apologized but continued with anti-Semitic rhetoric accusing Israel’s American political backers of advocating “allegiance to a foreign country.”
President Donald Trump denounces the “send her back” chant: “I disagree with it… I felt a little bit badly about it… I was not happy with it, I disagree with it”
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 18, 2019
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