Omar Hits Back At Trump: ‘You Have Trafficked In Hate Your Whole Life’

US Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, speaks during a press conference calling on Congress to cut funding for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to defund border detention facilities, out... US Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, speaks during a press conference calling on Congress to cut funding for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to defund border detention facilities, outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, February 7, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 13, 2019 9:52 a.m.

After President Trump called Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) apology “lame” and suggested she should resign from Congress, the freshman lawmaker shoved back, saying Trump has “trafficked in hate” his whole life and asking when he would learn from the “people impacted” by his words like she did.

Omar issued an apology on Monday after Democratic leadership denounced her comments about AIPAC. Omar was criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike over her tweet, where she appeared to perpetuate an anti-Semitic trope when she suggested that Republicans’ support for Israel was fueled by political donations. AIPAC doesn’t donate directly to political candidates, but is a pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington.

Calls from Trump for Omar to resign have resurfaced 2016 reports about his own accusations of anti-Semitic behavior when he tweeted a graphic of the Star of David over a pile of cash in an attack on Hillary Clinton. He later deleted the tweet and his then-campaign social media director took the fall for it.

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