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Trump sparks condemnation after supporters chant 'send her back'

July 19, 2019 5:58 am

The row between President Donald Trump and four Democratic congresswomen has escalated after his supporters chanted “send her back” at a campaign rally.

The chant was directed at Somali-born lawmaker Ilhan Omar, though Mr Trump had also attacked three other non-white lawmakers during his speech.

Ms Omar, who is a US citizen, responded on Twitter by quoting a poem by civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

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Ahead of the rally, a bid to impeach Mr Trump was blocked in Congress.

The controversial chants took place at Mr Trump’s campaign rally in North Carolina.

Mr Trump was cheered on by the crowd of thousands as he again accused Ms Omar and her fellow congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashia Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley – known as “the squad” – of hating America.

Critics say it echoed the “lock her up” phrase adopted by his supporters against Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

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