At the press conference, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez said she was unsurprised by the President’s comments. She added, “Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy.” The US House of Representatives introduced a resolution condemning President Trump’s “xenophobic tweets” the following week, a resolution which was passed by a 240-187 vote.
The President’s continued endorsement of racist sentiments that are based on little to no factual evidence has only served to further legitimize and normalize hateful bigotry within his fan-base. At a Trump 2020 campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday, July 17th, the crowd chanted “Send her back!” in reference to Congresswoman Omar, emboldened by the President’s remarks. At an Oval Office event the following Friday, Trump defended the crowd in North Carolina, calling them “incredible people” and “incredible patriots”.
A number of Democrats came to Omar’s defense following the rally, including 2020 Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren. Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh referred to Trump’s attack as “dangerous” and “flat out bigotry”, and called on fellow Republicans to condemn the President’s comments. Congresswoman Omar’s own constituents expressed their solidarity with her as she returned to her home district of Minnesota, where she won a remarkable 78% of the vote in 2018. She was welcomed at the airport by supporters chanting, “Welcome home!”. The day before, she tweeted, “I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal!”.