In the United States, Somali-American Rep. Ilhan Omar – a Democrat serving the state of Minnesota in the U.S. Congress – called on Monday for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, following yet another round of Trump remarks targeting her and three other women of color serving in the legislature.
Omar made the clear call for impeachment at a late-day press conference with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). Trump, in a series of Twitter messages, called them racist, said they were “unpopular and unrepresentative,” and alleged they “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world” before adding that they should go back there.
Yet all four are U.S. citizens, and only Omar was born outside of the U.S. Both Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women to serve as lawmakers, and have been frequent targets of Trump and his voters.
“This is a president who has called black people who come from black and brown countries shitholes,” said Omar, referring to a January 2018 remark Trump made about immigrants from Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. “This is a president who has equated neo-Nazis with those who protest against them in Charlottesville.”
Omar said Americans can either “continue to turn a blind eye” to the corruption, racism and xenophobia of the Trump administration, or take a stand against human rights violations occurring on the U.S. border as the nation’s immigration crisis continues.
“I have not made impeachment central to my election or my tenure but since the day that I’ve gotten elected I’ve said to people it’s not if he will be impeached but when,” she said. “It is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery out of our constitution. It’s time for us to impeach this president.”
Omar, who has faced death threats, said she will not back down in representing her constituents.
Image: Rep. Ilhan Omar file