Ilhan Omar's arrival at MSP Airport becomes a viral moment

She was greeted by scores of supporters.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to be met by a wall of cheers and applause from supporters.

After a period of days in which she has been under attack from President Donald Trump and a day after Trump supporters chanted "Send her back" at one of his rallies, Minnesota's 5th District representative was greeted with a different chant in Terminal 1.

"Welcome home Ilhan," the scores of supporters chanted, with Omar surprised and delighted by the meeting party.

KSTP's Tom Hauser captured the moment she walked through the doors, and his video has gone viral with 3.5 million views on Twitter as of 9:35 p.m. Thursday.

His video has been shared by major activists and media personalities, including MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, liberal activist and actor Alyssa Milano, and Omar herself.

Omar then addressed the crowd using a loudspeaker, saying: "So everybody talks about how [President Trump] is threatened because we criticize him.

"But the reality is he is threatened because we are inspiring people to dream about a country that recognizes their dignity and humanity.

"We are pushing for a government that takes care of its sick, of its most vulnerable. We are pushing for a country that recognizes we are all one."

"We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president, because his policies are a nightmare to us, and we are not deterred, we are not frightened, and we are ready," she added.

"We are gonna continue to keep fighting until we have the America we know we all deserve."

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The congresswoman has seen an outpouring of support to counter the vilification and racism she has received from some Republican supporters over the past week, with #IStandWithIlhan a major trending topic on social media.

She was back in Minneapolis to moderate a town hall on health care Thursday evening along with U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, of Seattle.

Omar received another big ovation as she took to the stage.

The President, meanwhile, has had his say about Omar's return to the Twin Cities on Twitter Friday morning.

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