Trump says crowd chanting ‘send her back’ are ‘incredible patriots’

Rep. Ilhan Omar in Washington on Jan. 3 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar in Washington on Jan. 3 2019

President Donald Trump dismissed reports of crowds greeting Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at the airport as she returned to her home state of Minnesota, calling it "staged".

"I deeply disagree with the extreme left & have been disgusted by their tone", said Representative Adam Kinzinger of IL. Trump answered when reporters at the White House asked if he was unhappy with the Wednesday night crowd.

Now Omar has become one of Trump's fiercest critics, regularly attacking his immigrant detention policies at the southern US border with Mexico as immoral and assailing the country's long-standing support and alliance with Israel, which she says comes at the expense of Palestinians living alongside the Israelis.

"These women have said awful things about our country and the people of our country".

And America has spent the past week debating whether Mr Trump's comments were racist.

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Even by Trump's standards, the campaign rally offered an extraordinary tableau for American politics: a president drinking in a crowd's cries to expel a congresswoman from the country who's his critic and a woman of colour.

They believe they were aided in that effort in last month's Democratic debate when several candidates on stage came out in favour of eliminating private health insurance, and a larger number supported providing healthcare for immigrants in the country illegally, and decriminalising the unauthorised crossing of the US border.

"I believe he is fascist", she said.

"I'd rather be divided over how fast and far to go covering sick people with insurance than unified behind the cowardice of this constant Republican trope they say in private that they're horrified" by Trump's aggressive remarks, but defend him in public.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives responded this week by voting largely along party lines to condemn his comments as racist. More than three dozen congressional Republicans had criticized the racist tweet that started it all. "A vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American Dream - frankly, the destruction of our country".

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Trump claimed to reporters in the Oval Office on Thursday that there was "great energy" at his earlier rally but he was not pleased by the taunts.

In both instances, the uproar and condemnation from her Democratic colleagues, and many Republican lawmakers as well, was quick and unrelenting.

Omar, along with three other progressive congresswomen, argued with congressional Democratic leaders over the treatment of migrants at the U.S.

Trump in a tweet this week said the four congresswomen should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came".

FILE - From left, U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ayanna Pressley of MA.

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Many members of the Republican Party have defended the president, saying his comments were not racist and arguing he can not control the actions of his audience. "Because we have the most divisive president [and] we're living in historically traumatising many people are rising up, to not only resist the detrimental policies that are coming from this administration, but to also insist on having the America we all know we deserve", she says.

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