Rep. Ilhan Omar apparently misspoke on Thursday, accidentally referring to her birthplace, Somalia, as her country before correcting herself.
Omar’s slip-up took place during an impromptu welcome-home reception hosted by supporters as she returned to Minnesota from Washington D.C. A crowd gathered at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport chanting “Welcome home, Ilhan” and holding various signs with anti-racism messages.
Omar took up a bullhorn and railed against President Donald Trump, suggesting he was leading the United States down the path to fascism.
“And so, since the first day this president introduced the Muslim ban knowing that my count – the country that I came from was on that and that my country now was on the track of implementing fascist laws I knew that I had to speak up,” declared Omar, who immigrated to the United States as a young refugee and was naturalized 20 years ago.
“We are gonna continue to keep fighting until we have the America we know we all deserve."
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) July 19, 2019
Despite Omar’s apparent confusion, the freshman congresswoman’s base showered her and her welcome troop with praise on Twitter.
I don't know how she didn't just burst into tears, because I certainly did and this is in no way, shape, or form about me. https://t.co/vdRRSWAYLx
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) July 18, 2019
The warm reception came after a week of bitter sparing between the “Squad” – Omar plus Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York – and the president over the very issue of which country the congresswoman belongs to.
Ilhan Omar: From Somalia to America
The progressive “women of color” felt targeted by a July 14 Trump tweet suggesting that they “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
In response, they held a press conference last Monday, during which Pressley refused to denounce an antifa terrorist and Omar dodged a request that she denounce Al-Qaida. Omar was filmed giggling about the terrorist in 2013.
On Tuesday, House Democrats passed a resolution along party lines that “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”
Republicans have largely supported Trump, however. Stephen Miller, a senior White House adviser, explicated Trump’s tweets during a Fox News interview this Sunday with Chris Wallace, citing Omar’s March description of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something.”
“There’s a fundamental distinction between people who think that we need to lean into and strengthen America’s core values … the principals of Western civilization, or people who think that we basically need to turn American into Venezuela,” Miller said. “The core issue is that… millions of people across this country are tired of being beat up, condescended to, looked down upon, talked down to by members of Congress on the left in Washington D.C., and by their allies in many corners of the media. Let’s get specific about it: you saw the quotes from Representative Omar about 9/11 where she said, ‘some people did something.’”