Rep. Ilhan Omar Responds To Trump Crowd ‘Send Her Back’ Chant With Maya Angelou Quote
On Wednesday night, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (Minn.) responded to the crowd at President Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” by tweeting a quote from Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.”
“You may shoot me with your words,/You may cut me with your eyes,/You may kill me with your hatefulness,/But still, like air, I’ll rise,” Omar tweeted Wednesday.
The racist chant erupted during the Greenville, N.C., rally as Trump made a series of remarks blasting Omar, a U.S. citizen who arrived as a refugee as a child.
The rally followed several days of attacks by Trump on both Omar in particular and three other progressive minority congresswomen, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) that began when Trump tweeted that they should “go back” to other countries.
Trump singled out each of the four at the rally, but the chant only came after he mentioned Omar’s name.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
-Maya Angelou https://t.co/46jcXSXF0B
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 18, 2019
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