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Racism row stokes the worst instincts of Trump’s power base

By Amanda Walker, US correspondent

The racist signal Donald Trump sent to his base has been received – loud and clear.

"Send Her Back" – the new "Lock Her Up" – a chilling refrain roared with a renewed vigour by a majority white crowd toward Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

Trump told his supporters "Omar laughed that Americans speak of al Qaeda in a menacing tone and remarked that you don't say America with this intensity. You say al Qaeda, makes you proud. Al Qaeda makes you proud. You don't speak that way about America."

The crowd chants: 'Send her back'

Ilhan Omar has never praised al Qaeda – but that doesn't matter to the president or this crowd – invigorated by their new targets: four democratic congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib who the president has called "the four horsewomen of the apocalypse".

It all started of course when he tweeted that each of the Americans could go back to the "crime infested places from which they came". They are fighting back against the man Tlaib says is the biggest bully she's ever had to deal with.

The US House of Representatives has voted to symbolically condemn Trump for the racist tweets.

President Donald Trump speaks during a Keep America Great rally on July 17, 2019 in Greenville, North Carolina
Image: President Trump has called the four congresswomen the 'four horsewomen of the apocalypse'

But his loyalists don't see it that way. They don't think TrumRead More – Source

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