Ilhan Omar calls Tucker Carlson a 'racist fool' after he targets her in monologue

Carlson suggests America is "importing people from places ... antithetical to ours."
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Ilhan Omar has dubbed Fox News host Tucker Carlson a "racist fool" after his latest monologue about the Minnesota representative.

Carlson sparked outrage on social media after he said Rep. Omar is "living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country."

The source material for Carlson's opener partly came from this Washington Post profile of Omar, in which she was critical of the continued racial divides in America and the way it treats marginalized groups.

Responding on Wednesday, Omar laughed off the words from a man and a news channel who have been constant critics of her since she entered the political space.

"Not gonna lie, it’s kinda fun watching a racist fool like this weeping about my presence in Congress," she tweeted. 

"No lies will stamp out my love for this country or my resolve to make our union more perfect. They will just have to get used to calling me Congresswoman!"

Omar's criticism of elements of American society "should worry you," Carlson said, claiming: "A system [immigration] designed to strengthen America is instead undermining it" and "No country can import large numbers of people who hate it and expect to survive."

Carlson has been in hot water before for comments he has made about U.S. immigration. The Washington Post notes that he sparked advertisers to pull out after saying that immigrants make the U.S. "dirtier."

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In Tuesday's monologue, he repeats what has been a common refrain from the far-right about immigrants to the U.S., that Omar should be more grateful for her residency in America.

"Some of the very people we try the hardest to help, have come to hate us passionately. Maybe that's our fault for asking too little of our immigrants, we're not self-confident enough to make them assimilate so they never feel fully American," he added.

Rep. Omar has assimilated enough to the point she was able to rise from her lowly status as a refugee to win election first to the Minnesota House and then to the U.S. House.

Carlson himself notes this as a positive aspect of the immigration system, saying "some of our deepest satisfaction as a country comes from watching penniless immigrants arrive on our shores, buy into our values and thrive."

That satisfaction doesn't extend to Omar, however.

While her time in office has been rocky, coming under scrutiny amid accusations of anti-Semitic remarks for her criticism of Israel, as well as questions that persist over her earlier marriage and campaign finance violations, she has also been the subject of relentless Islamophobic abuse from extremists and persistent attacks from hard-right pundits and politicians, including President Donald Trump.

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