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February 24, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar excoriates Trump after he demands her resignation: ‘You have trafficked in hate your whole life’

February 13, 2019
Rep. Ilhan Omar walks through the halls of the Capitol Building in Washington last month. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

Rep. Ilhan Omar is punching back.

The freshman Minnesota Democrat ripped President Trump as a hypocrite on Wednesday after he called on her to resign over controversial comments about Jewish influence on American politics — claims she has since apologized for.

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“Hi,” Omar tweeted at Trump. “You have trafficked in hate your whole life — against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?”

The President, who has a long history of inflammatory rhetoric that critics say amount to textbook racism, demanded Omar’s resignation Tuesday over a pair of tweets she posted over the weekend that suggested U.S. politicians are only taking pro-Israel stances because they are paid off by influential Jewish lobbying groups.

Omar, who’s Muslim, also used the term “Benjamins” to refer to money and critics charged that had clear anti-Semitic undertones.

Amid bipartisan pushback, Omar issued a statement “unequivocally” apologizing for her comments and said that, while she believes lobbyists have too much influence on American politics, she should not have played on anti-Semitic tropes to get her message across.

Trump didn’t buy Omar’s apology and called it “lame.”

“I think she should resign from Congress, frankly,” Trump said at the White House Tuesday.

A White House spokesman did not return a request for comment on Omar’s rebuttal.

Trump never apologized for a photo-shopped image he tweeted during the 2016 campaign that featured Hillary Clinton’s face on a backdrop of $100 bills with a Star of David next to it emblazoned with the words “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!”

Critics said the tweet had deeply anti-Semitic implications but, rather than apologizing, the President doubled down and claimed the “dishonest media” was trying to distort his message. Regardless, Trump’s Star of David tweet was welcomed by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who called it “absolutely true.”

Moreover, Trump has faced accusations of racism for trying to ban citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.; claiming Mexico is sending “drugs” and “rapists” into the country; calling African nations “s–thole countries” and saying there were “fine people” among the throngs of white supremacists who converged on Charlottesville, Va., in the summer of 2017 for a deadly far-right rally.

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