Democratic leadership in the House called on Thursday for increased security in response to the “Send her back” chants that were yelled at Rep. Ilhan Omar during President Trump’s rally in North Carolina.
“It’s crystal clear to me that [Omar’s] life is in imminent danger,” said Democratic Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush in a statement.
“[Trump] has threatened the safety of a member of Congress,” he added. “That takes this to a whole different level.”
Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) announced plans Thursday, from speaking on the House floor, to introduce legislation for more enhanced security measures.
“Leadership has adequate security,” he said. “Members do not have adequate security. I want to thwart the efforts of those who might want to harm a member of this House.”
Green maintained that Omar and the other congresswomen who make up “the Squad” (Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rasihda Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley) all needed increased security following Wednesday night’s rally chanting.
President Trump has been battling with the group for several days now after telling them on Twitter to “go back” to the countries they came from. Only one of the lawmakers was not born in the United States.
Omar has said that she doesn’t fear for her safety following the rally, but she is concerned about what will happen to “people who share [her] identity.”
“This is not about me,” she told reporters on Thursday. “This is about fighting for what this country should be and what it deserves to be.”
Trump criticized the “Send her back” chants while speaking to the media on Thursday.
“I was not happy with it,” he said. “I disagree with it.”
But the president has defended his “go back” tweets writing that they “were NOT Racist.”
“I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” he tweeted Tuesday. “The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show ‘weakness’ and fall into their trap.”
Credit: NY Post