House Democrats on Thursday called for increased security in response to President Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric and the “Send her back” chants hurled at Rep. Ilhan Omar during the president’s rally in North Carolina.
“It’s crystal clear to me that [Omar’s] life is in imminent danger,” said Democratic Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush in a statement.
“[Trump] has threatened the safety of a member of Congress,” he added. “That takes this to a whole different level.”
Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) announced plans on Thursday to introduce legislation to enhanced security measures for lawmakers.
“Leadership has adequate security,” he said. “Members do not have adequate security. I want to thwart the efforts of those who might want to harm a member of this House.”
Green argued that Omar and the other congresswomen of color attacked by the president — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rasihda Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley — all needed increased security following Wednesday night’s racist chants.
Trump on Friday repeatedly asserted that one of the four minority congresswomen had called the country “garbage,” but none of the lawmakers have ever used the term to describe the U.S.
“I don’t know if it’s good or bad politically. I don’t care,” Trump told reporters of his racist attack against the group of Democratic lawmakers.
“Many people say it’s good. I don’t know if it’s good or bad,” he continued. “I can tell you this: You can’t talk that way about our country. Not when I’m the president.”
Trump accused the four congresswomen of hating the United States and said Omar is “lucky to be where she is.”
“These women have said horrible things about our country and the people of our country. Nobody should be able to do that, and if they want to do that, that’s up to them,” Trump said as he left for New Jersey. “But I can’t imagine they’re going to do very well at the polls.”
“If the Democrats want to embrace people that hate our country… that’s up to them,” Trump continued. “But I don’t have to do that. I think what they say and what they’ve said is a disgrace to them, to the Democrats and, frankly, to our country.”
Trump repeatedly claimed that one of the congresswomen had called the country “garbage.”
Trump also falsely accused the Democratic congresswomen of using the phrase “evil Jews.”
“The first lady thinks that it’s horrible what they said about Israel and horrible what they said about our country, these congresswomen,” he added. “They cannot call our country and our people garbage. They can’t be anti-Semitic,” he told reporters. “They can’t talk about evil Jews, which is what they say, evil Jews. That’s what the first lady thinks.”
CNN’s fact-checker Daniel Dale noted that the congresswomen have never used the “evil Jews” phrase.
Trump falsely claims the congresswomen have talked about “evil Jews,” adding, “That’s what they say, evil Jews.” None of them have said that. Omar once tweeted that Israel has committed “evil doings.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 19, 2019