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Trump Lashes Out At Female Reporter During Racist Rant, Tells Her To Be ‘Quiet’


Trump Lashes Out At Female Reporter During Racist Rant, Tells Her To Be ‘Quiet’

President Donald Trump on Monday repeatedly told a female reporter to be “quiet” as he baselessly accused Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — who, along with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), is one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress — of preferring the al Qaeda terrorist group over the United States.

As a female journalist asked the president if he is “okay with people thinking your tweets are racists?”, Trump repeatedly barked at her: “Quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet!”

“I mean, I look at the one, I look at Omar — I don’t know, I never met her — I hear the way she talks about al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda has killed many Americans. She said, ‘You can hold your chest out. When I think of America — uhh. When I think of al-Qaeda, I can hold my chest out,’” Trump said. “These are people that in my opinion hate our country … they can leave … they have to love our country.”

Trump went on to accuse Omar of “speaking about how wonderful al-Qaeda is” and said she “hates Jews.”

“If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn’t want to be in our country, they should leave,” he said. “Let me just tell you, when you look at her statements about al Qaeda, when you look at her statements about people…”

“If you’re not happy here, you can leave. If you’re not happy here, you can leave,” he said as the invited audience responded with tepid applause. “If you’re complaining all the time, you can leave right now. … Come back, don’t come back. That’s okay, too.”

As Vox notes:

Trump’s latest attack on Omar represents a grotesque distortion of what she said during a 2013 interview with a public television station. Referring to her experiences as a college student Omar said, “When I was in college, I took a terrorism class … every time the professor said ‘al-Qaeda,’ his shoulders went up. … But you know … you don’t say ‘America’ with an intensity, you don’t say ‘England’ with the intensity. You don’t say ‘the army’ with the intensity … But you say these names [of terrorist groups] because you want that word to carry weight. You want it to be something.”

At no point did Omar say anything even close to praising al-Qaeda. And while she has criticized Israel in a manner that some thought invoked anti-Semitic tropes, Trump’s claim that she “hates Jews” is also a dangerous exaggeration. (Omar was inundated with death threats earlier this year after Trump posted a video suggesting she sympathized with 9/11 attackers.)

When Fox News reporter John Roberts asked him if it concerns him that “many people saw that tweet as racist and that white nationalist groups are finding common cause with you on that point?”, Trump said that he is not, in fact, worried about it.

“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” he said. “And all I’m saying — they want to leave, they can leave. Now, it doesn’t say, ‘Leave forever.’ It says, ‘Leave if you want.’”


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