Ilhan Omar greeted with ‘Welcome home’ chants at Minnesota airport
Rep. Ilhan Omar, who faces security concerns after President Donald Trump’s supporters chanted to “send her back” during a Wednesday rally, was enthusiastically welcomed to her home state of Minnesota on Thursday with a crowd of people shouting “Welcome home, Ilhan.”
Video of Omar, D-Minn., arriving at the airport shows her walking into a crowd of people clapping and cheering. As she walks into the mass, she’s surrounded by supporters and television cameras as the chants grow louder.
More than 100 people greeted her at the baggage claim area at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, reports the Star Tribune.
Omar later addressed the crowd through a megaphone, according to tweets from KTSP-TV reporter Tom Hauser.
“We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president,” she told the crowd, “because his policies are a nightmare to us and we are not deterred, we are not frightened.”
Omar’s return comes after a week of repeated attacks against her and other freshmen Democrats from Trump and his supporters.
It started Sunday when Trump sent a series of tweets suggesting Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Omar should “go back” to where they came from.
Omar, who was born in Somalia, is a naturalized U.S. citizen who arrived in the country as a refugee at age 12. The three other women Trump attacked are all U.S. citizens and all were born in the United States.
Then came Trump’s Wednesday rally in North Carolina, when after criticizing Omar, the crowd chanted “send her back.” Trump later said he disagreed with the chant, which he blamed on his supporters.
The chant drew condemnation from Republicans and Democrats alike. Citing Trump’s attack on Omar and others, Rep. Bennie Thompson, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wrote a letter Thursday evening requesting the Capitol Police Board hold an “emergency meeting” to examine increased security for lawmakers targeted by the president and his supporters, explaining that “the President’s attacks on Members of Congress have emboldened people to pursue acts of violence.”
Contributing: Christal Hayes, Rebecca Morin, John Fritze, David Jackson, Michael Collins