How 'The Squad' Have Responded to Trump Rally Chanting 'Send Her Back'

The four progressive House Democrats—known collectively as "The Squad"—who were the target of racist tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump are hitting back, after his supporters at a North Carolina rally chanted "send her back" about Rep. Ilhan Omar, who arrived in America as a child refugee.

At the rally, Trump launched into a series of false accusations against Minnesota Democrat Omar, including claims that she minimized the 9/11 terror attack and implying that she supports the militant group al-Qaeda, by mischaracterizing her comments and views.

Trump's supporters booed loudly and chanted "send her back," a reference to the president's tweet about The Squad—all women of color, U.S. citizens, and, bar Omar, born in the U.S.—to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Responding to the rally on Twitter, Omar posted a picture of herself in the U.S. House of Representatives and wrote: "I am where I belong, at the people's house and you're just gonna have to deal!"

She also tweeted a poem by the late civil rights activist Maya Angelou, containing the words: "You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise."

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat and another member of The Squad, also pushed back on Trump after his rally.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: "To all those scared for our future: we can get through this better than we started. We have the power to triumph over hatred, division, and bigotry. But decency cannot be taken for granted. It is something we must create, advance, and actively work to build each and every day."

The two other members of The Squad—Illinois' Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Michigan's Rep. Rashida Tlaib—are yet to respond.

"The leading voices of the Democratic Party are left-wing extremists who reject everything our nation stands for," Trump said at his rally.

"Republicans know that America is the greatest force for peace and justice in the history of our world, but these left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force of evil, the way they speak so badly of our country.

"They want to demolish our constitution, weaken our military, eliminate the values that built this magnificent country."

Jon Favreau, the former speechwriter to President Barack Obama who now co-runs Crooked Media, tweeted: "The crowd at Trump's rally chanting 'send her back' after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I've ever seen in politics."

Joe Walsh, a former Republican congressman, tweeted that it "saddens me beyond belief that the standard-bearer for the Republican Party, my Party, is making 'Send her back' his re-election rallying cry.

"It's so ugly. It's so un-American. It just saddens me beyond belief. 'SEND HER BACK, SEND HER BACK,' is ugly. It's ignorant. It's dangerous. And it's un-American. It's flat out bigotry. And every Republican should condemn this bigotry immediately. Stop this now."

The Squad Ilhan Omar Trump rally AOC
The Squad—U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—pause between answering questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images