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Trump launches lie-filled attack on Ilhan Omar calling on her to apologize for “abandoning her old country” Somalia, which she fled as a young girl

President Donald Trump discusses the potential impact of Hurricane Michael during a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA Administrator Brock Long in the Oval Office of the White House on October 10, 2018 in Washington, DC.Win McNamee / Getty Images

  • Trump issued a statement full of lies about Omar following Boebert’s Islamophobic comments.

  • “MP Ilhan Omar should apologize (…) for having essentially abandoned her former country,” he wrote.

  • Boebert could face House of Representatives censorship after a phone call with Omar goes awry.

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday released a statement filled with lies demanding that Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota apologize for “abandoning her own country.”

“MP Ilhan Omar should apologize for marrying her brother, committing large-scale electoral and immigration fraud, wishing Israel death and essentially abandoning her former country, which doesn’t even have a government. Exactly what she would like to see for the United States, ”Trump said in his statement.

The congressman from Minnesota, a Somali-American refugee, was born in Somalia in 1982. Omar, along with her father and siblings, was granted asylum in the United States in 1995, when she was not than a young girl.

In a July 2019 tweet, Trump told Omar and three other Democratic Congressmen to “go back and fix the broken, crime-infested places where they came from” – even though all four are US citizens and Omar was the only one born outside of the United States.

Unverified rumors that Omar’s ex-husband, British national Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, is her brother and that she married him to help him get a green card have circulated on the internet and the blogosphere. right-wing for years before making their way to the former president.

Omar called the rumors “absurd and offensive” and released a lengthy statement and timeline of her marriage history in 2016.

Outlets including the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the Washington Examiner have uncovered archives and public documents indicating that Omar was living with her other ex-husband Ahmed Hirsi while she was legally married to Elmi. But no evidence, like a birth certificate, has ever surfaced to suggest that Elmi is her brother.

The theory is also undermined by the fact that all of Omar’s siblings have been granted refugee status in the United States and that siblings can sponsor each other to obtain residency status and a green card (thus eliminating the necessity of a fraudulent marriage). Elmi left the United States and returned to England just two years after her marriage to Omar.

Omar also never wished “Israel death,” as Trump claims in his statement, and there is no evidence of his involvement in any “large-scale” immigration or immigration fraud. elections.

Trump’s statement comes amid the fallout from Islamophobic comments GOP Representative Lauren Boebert recently made about Omar. Boebert called Omar, who is a Muslim, part of a “Jihad squad” and claimed that a Capitol police officer was “worried all over his face” when he entered an elevator with Boebert and Omar.

The Colorado congressional woman said she told the officer, “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. That should be fine,” a comment implying that Omar is a terrorist.

She told a similar Islamophobic story about Omar at an event in September in New York City, CNN reported.

Boebert issued a statement on Friday apologizing “to all members of the Muslim community whom I have offended with my comment on Representative Omar.”

Omar and Boebert had a strained call on Monday, prompting Omar to end the conversation and Boebert to claim in an Instagram video that she had been suspended.

In response to Boebert’s initial comments, Omar called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to “take the appropriate steps,” adding that “the normalization of this bigotry not only puts my life in danger but that of all Muslims “.

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