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President Trump targets Ilhan Omar again, as supporters chant 'send her back'

The president has slammed the Minnesota Congresswoman for the third time this week.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar was once again a target for President Donald Trump during media questions and a campaign rally on Wednesday.

As Trump held a campaign rally in North Carolina, a "Send Her Back" chant broke out in the crowd, a reference to the tweet the president made over the weekend that suggested Democrats like Omar should "go back to the crime-infested places from which they came."

Trump doubled down on the tweet on Monday, arguing it wasn't racist before suggesting that Minnesota's 5th District representative, a Muslim woman, supports Al-Qaeda.

The chant at the rally, which echoes the cries of "Lock Her Up" directed at Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election (and since), has been condemned by both liberal and conservative commenters.

"'SEND HER BACK, SEND HER BACK,' is ugly. It’s ignorant. It’s dangerous. And it’s un-American," the former Republican congressman turned conservative talk radio host.

"It’s flat out bigotry. And every Republican should condemn this bigotry immediately. Stop this now."

Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz had this to say:

There was a wider show of support on social media, with #IStandWithIlhan trending in Minneapolis and the wider U.S. during and after Trump's rally.

Omar herself responded to the chants by quoting Maya Angelou.

Trump has received support from Republican politicians though. A House vote on Tuesday to condemn his tweets saw all Democrats vote in favor, but just 4 Republicans. 

Minnesota's GOP delegation of Reps. Tom Emmer, Jim Hagedorn and Pete Stauber all voted against the measure.

Sen. Lindsey Graham meanwhile suggested on Wednesday that Trump wouldn't have a problem with Omar if she supported him.

"I really do believe that if you're a Somali refugee who likes Trump, he's not going to say 'go back to Somalia,'" he said, per NBC and Fox. "A racist says go back to Somalia because you're a Somalian or you're a Muslim or whatever, that's just the way he is. More narcissism than anything else.

On Wednesday, Trump also repeated a long-standing, uncorroborated rumor about Ilhan Omar's previous marriage, namely that her ex-husband is allegedly her brother.

Responding to a question by the One America News Network, the president said: "There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it. I hear she was married to her brother. You’re asking me a question about it. I don’t know, but I’m sure that somebody will be looking at that.”

The allegation remains unsubstantiated, with Omar herself has described it as "disgusting lies" and “baseless rumors" while at the same time not providing hard evidence to debunk it.

For more background, we suggest you read this piece from the Star Tribune from last month that looks into Omar's past marriages, as well as this timeline from the Pioneer Press.

Snopes has some more here, noting that the rumor first surfaced via an anonymous, since-deleted post on online discussion forum SomaliSpot that was then picked up by conservative blog Powerline. 

It has rated the allegation "unproven."

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