Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar hit back at Donald Trump saying she 'loves this country' more than the president does after he accused her of entering the US illegally and of 'hating' America, adding his words lead to death threats.
'It’s really also just astonishing to see the way in which he characterizes what love for this country is. I would certainly reckon not only Somalis, but myself, the Governor of Michigan and our Speaker all love this country way more than the president,' Omar said Sunday in an interview with The Week with Joshua Johnson on MSNBC.
She added Trump is 'not only destroying the presidency but everything this country stands for.'
He has attacked Omar several times in his campaign trail, now just 16 days away from the election.
The president denigrated Omar in a speech in Muskegon, Michigan on Saturday.
'Ilhan Omar, who truly hates our country, but she’s one of the reasons we’re going to win the great state,' he said.
At a rally in Ocala Florida on Friday he said on Omar: 'She hates our country. She comes from a place that doesn’t even have a government and then she comes here, she tells us how to run our country, and she hates our country.'
'If you look at the House with Pelosi, it’s like they hate Israel, and they believe in Omar who came in here and married her brother or something, and came in illegally,' he added.
Omar was born in Somalia and came to the US as a refugee in the 1990s and became a US citizen at the age of 17 in 2000.
Omar’s office has said claims that her ex-husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is actually her brother who she married in 2009 so he could move to the US, are 'disgusting lies.'
'Donald Trump’s repeated unhinged conspiratorial attacks on me and other prominent female politicians are not just sexist,' Omar continued on Twitter.
'They are leading to frequent threats against our lives. It has to stop,' she added.
On Saturday she also condemned Trump's jabs saying: 'He is unraveling. What you are witnessing is the weakest expression of strength. It’s similar to the final acts of fallen dictators. We will outlast him because our stronger.'
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