When President Trump decides to attack a person of color he does so without an ounce of restraint, developing an unhealthy obsession that pops up again and again, growing more and more pernicious as his rotten racist core seizes control. We saw it with his attacks on President Obama, his insults thrown at Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), and now we are witnessing it with Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
Omar stirred controversy when she questioned the influence of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington. Some interpreted the remarks as anti-semitic, while Omar insisted she did not intend for them to be. Trump quickly seized on the comments to bash Omar and the Democratic Party in general, a deeply hypocritical move given his own history of inarguably anti-semitic sentiments.
This past weekend, at a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition — during which he offensively referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “your prime minister” to the American Jews in attendance — he once again attacked Omar. The most sinister part of this recent smear was the fact that Trump delivered it just hours after one of his supporters was arrested for threatening to kill Omar.
In a speech to a Republican Jewish group, Trump mockingly thanks Rep. Ilhan Omar pic.twitter.com/1k7mLCzXnH
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) April 6, 2019
To her credit, Congresswoman Omar has not allowed the president’s nonstop attacks to intimidate her and continues to stand up to his administration. Just yesterday, she called out Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller for being a white nationalist, a fact which has become harder and harder to deny as his agenda has come to putrid fruition.
Stephen Miller is a white nationalist. The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage. https://t.co/7NyMDgojd7
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 8, 2019
This morning, Trump struck back in defense of his vile little minion by sharing a Fox News clip in which the talking heads accuse Omar of “targeting Jews” because she criticized Miller, who is Jewish. In this case, the charge of antisemitism is utterly ludicrous. Omar said nothing about Miller being Jewish and was simply pointing out that his racist, xenophobic objectives are in perfect keeping with those of white nationalists.
“She (Congresswoman Omar) keeps on assaulting Jews…”
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2019
It didn’t take long for Omar to hit back at Trump with a succinct, yet perfect response. Quoting her 6 year-old-daughter she tweeted, “Knock it off. You’re the president.”
At this point, only a fool would think that Trump will ever act “presidential,” his entire tenure being one long degradation of the office of the presidency, but Omar is correct to remind us all that this is not normal behavior and the president should conduct himself with more dignity.
In the words of my 6 year-old daughter, “Knock it off. You’re the president.” https://t.co/E0x6TA6m5F
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 9, 2019