Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) lashed out at President Donald Trump and the Republican Party during a Tuesday event organized by Black Lives Matter.
What did she say?
The freshman congresswoman said that Trump and his political allies are to blame for a surge in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the U.S.
Fellow freshman lawmaker Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) was also in attendance at the event, which was held at the Capitol and called “Black Women in Defense of Ilhan Omar.”
“The occupant of the White House … and his allies are doing everything that they can to distance themselves and misinform the public from the monsters that they created that is terrorizing the Jewish community and the Muslim community,” Omar said, according to NBC News.
She added that talking about anti-Semitism is the same as discussing Islamophobia.
“[W]hen we talk about anti-Semitism, we must also talk about Islamophobia,” Omar insisted. “It is two sides of the same coin of bigotry.”
The congresswoman went on to point out that she will not stand for the U.S. being “the country of white people.”
“This is not going to be the country of the xenophobics. This is not going to be the country of white people. This is not going to be the country of the few. This is going to be the country of the many,” she demanded.
Omar also said that she is a living example of what happens when you are targeted for your religion.
“The thing that upsets the occupant in the White House, his goons in the Republican Party, many of our colleagues in the Democratic Party is that they can’t stand … that a refugee, a black woman, an immigrant, a Muslim shows up in Congress thinking she’s equal to them,” Omar added.
Omar herself stands accused of using anti-Semitic language.
Representative Ilhan Omar: This Will Not Be The Country Of Xenophobics | NBC News