Shortly after 8:00 AM on Friday, Donald Trump opened his Twitter app and proceeded to lose his mind.
On Thursday evening, after a long day that found politicians, pundits, media outlets and everyday citizens expressing horrified incredulity at the “Send her back” chant which erupted at a Wednesday evening rally in North Carolina where the president delivered a xenophobic, lie-ridden rant against Ilhan Omar, the following clip of the congresswoman returning home to Minnesota went viral.
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To be sure, Trump knew many Americans were aghast at the prospect of his supporters chanting about forcibly deporting a sitting US congresswoman to Somalia. After all, #IStandWithIlhan was at the top of the trending list on Twitter all day on Thursday. But, seeing millions of people rally behind Omar in the digital realm is something different from seeing real people greet her at the airport. The latter was too much for the president to handle.
(Omar reacts to the crowd of nearly 100 supporters awaiting her at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday – Evan Frost | MPR News)
“It is amazing how the Fake News Media became ‘crazed’ over the chant ‘send her back’ by a packed Arena (a record) crowd in the Great State of North Carolina, but is totally calm and accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen”, he began. (The reference to “three” suggests Trump is trying to avoid picking a fight with Ayanna Pressley now.)
He continued. Here’s the president:
Mainstream Media, which has lost all credibility, has either officially or unofficially become a part of the Radical Left Democrat Party. It is a sick partnership, so pathetic to watch! They even covered a tiny staged crowd as they greeted Foul Mouthed Omar in Minnesota, a State which I will win in #2020 because they can’t stand her and her hatred of our Country, and they appreciate all that I have done for them (opening up mining and MUCH more) which has led to the best employment & economic year in Minnesota’s long and beautiful history!
So, a couple of things to note. First, Trump is so uncharitable and so insecure, that he cannot even grant the fact that several dozen people (around 150, according to local press) greeted Omar at the airport. It’s not enough for Trump that he instigated a packed house in North Carolina to chant about (basically) kidnapping the congresswoman and shipping her back to Africa. No, he has to insist that the relative handful of people who showed up to welcome her home after an arduous week in D.C. (where she was incessantly maligned as a terrorist by the President of the United States), was “staged”.
Second, it’s not clear what Trump means by Minnesota having “the best economic year in [its] long and beautiful history”. In 2018, real GDP growth in Minnesota was 2.2%. That compares to the national change from 2017-2018 of 2.9%. Does this look like “the best economic year in Minnesota’s long and beautiful history” to you?…
That’s not to say Minnesota’s economy isn’t doing well, or even that Trump hasn’t helped in some ways. He probably has.
It’s just to say that the president is making false claims in an effort to suggest that he’s the best thing that ever happened to the state, which is clearly ridiculous. 2018 was, to quote a full -year economic recap from the nonprofit Minnesota Post, “a year of highs and lows”.
At the airport on Thursday evening, speaking to supporters, Omar promised to keep fighting.
“[Trump’s] nightmare is seeing the beautiful mosaic fabric of our country welcome someone like me as their member of Congress”, she said. “We are going to continue being a nightmare to this president because his policies are a nightmare to us all”.