MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party is responding to President Donald Trump’s racist tweets suggesting a group of U.S. Congresswomen should “go back” to their countries.

DFL chairman Ken Martin released a statement Monday morning denouncing the President’s language, in which many believe he, in part, was alluding to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.

“Representative Ilhan Omar became an American citizen almost 20 years ago because she wanted to be part of our great country and to live the American Dream,” Martin said. “Donald Trump telling her to go back to her home country is flat out racist and goes against the founding principles of our nation.”

Martin added, “Before we are Democrats or Republicans, we are Americans. It is deeply disturbing that, instead of bringing Americans together to solve our common problems, Donald Trump has spent his presidency trying to divide our country for political gain. We deserve so much better from our president.”

Rep. Omar responded to the President via Twitter Sunday afternoon.

The original tweets were believed to have been referring to Omar, along with New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley. Omar was born in Somalia and came to the U.S. when she was 10. She became a U.S. citizen when she was 17. The three other women were born in the U.S.

All four women broke barriers in 2018. Omar and Tlaib are the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, Pressley is the first black woman elected to Congress from the state of Massachusetts and Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also responded to President Trump’s tweets, calling his comments “xenophobic.”

President Trump doubled down on his rhetoric Monday.

Comments (3)
  1. Anton Savarese says:

    Sorry, but Ken Martin is a stooge, and completely immersed in the series of Ilhan Omar scandal(s) and cover-up..

    People like Omar are ungrateful whelps, and a stain on Minnesota, and now, the entire United States of America.

    I am the grandson of immigrants as well. THEY DID NOT COME HERE TO SPIT ON OUR COUNTRY.

    They came here for an opportunity to carve out a place in America, and TO ASSIMILATE, and to become Americans, and NOT to tear it down..

    Martin, Omar, Ellison, Walz, and others, are going to destroy Minnesota, if that has not been accomplished already.

    Meanwhile, Minnesota media continues to press the ‘snooze button’ relating to all of this…

  2. Anton Savarese says:

    Omar should go back to her barbaric home-pit of inhumanity, and clean up Somalia first, before she utters another foul word of criticism about America.

  3. Virgil Anders says:

    Trump’s comments are deplorable and should have never been uttered but there is a flip side to this coin. Apparently the MN DFL doesn’t hold Omar accountable for her comments/verbal attacks on different groups which started with her first utterances immediately after taking office and for the last six months. She is not representing/speaking for MN and this will cost the DFL signijficantly in the next election – stated with no malice from an independent voter who wishes the DFL would wake up.