Ilhan Omar’s social media is the classiest reaction I can imagine to MAGA bigotry
Late recently, the president of the United States tweeted that 4 nonwhite U.S. congresswomen, three of whom were born in America, need to “return” to the theoretical, very foreign, and un-American nations from whence they came. His tweets set off a firestorm of speculation about whether the racist thing he stated was in fact racist, or whether it was appropriate provided how these four congresswomen demonstrably hate America and are basically terrorists. That firestorm continues to take in oxygen that could be invested in, state, the rash of child deaths at the border, the recent arrest of Trump associate Jeffrey Epstein for sex-trafficking minors, or possibly even environment modification. (Kidding– we definitely wouldn’t be talking about climate modification even if definitely nothing else were going on.)
Certainly, Trump’s “return” tweets have dominated the discourse all week, culminating in a Wednesday-night rally in which the crowd spontaneously shouted “Send her back!” during among numerous times Trump discussed Agent Ilhan Omar, the just one of his “return” targets who emigrated to America. (A minute that Trump has actually given that distanced himself from, but not without likewise lying that he tried to stop it, which you can extremely plainly see in the video footage that he did not, or without pretending that his tweets conveyed the exact same message as their chant and obviously influenced the chant.)
Even in the extremely divided times we live in, the concern of Trump’s now-protracted racist attack has been specifically controversial. You can see a CNN panel practically pertained to blows over it here. One place where you won’t see much sign of how Trump is bringing out the worst in us all is on Ilhan Omar’s social media.
Throughout the previous week, as Omar has actually needed to ride out not only attacks from the president and his followers but likewise the pundit class and her peers in Congress, her reaction has been to rise above it. Although the popular Michelle Obama quote “When they go low, we go high” isn’t suited for each prospective fight, Omar’s skyrocketing grace on Twitter this week has actually made her come across as far above the racism that influenced it– without refusing to engage at all.
In some cases she uses humor to respond to the surreal dilemma by which she discovers herself in the spotlight.
Maybe it’s the headscarf???????? ♀ https://t.co/JhjLjEYMqA– Ilhan Omar(@IlhanMN) July 16, 2019 In some cases she provides a favorable show of strength.???????? I am where
I belong, at the individuals’s house and you’re simply gon na have to
deal! pic.twitter.com/W0OvDXGxQX– Ilhan Omar(@IlhanMN) July 18, 2019 In some cases
she uses the words of her detractors against them.”Donald Trump is a race-baiting, xenophobic, spiritual bigot.”~ Sen. Lindsey Graham https://t.co/IqQaIbynHs https://t.co/z4aFtJRxdj– Ilhan Omar( @IlhanMN) July 18, 2019 More typically than not, however
, Omar has been reacting to all the negativeness directed her way with the words of well known black artists and intellectuals, like Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou
.”There are few things more terrible than handling a guy who understands he is going under, in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others. Nothing can assist that male. What
is left of that man gets away from what is left of human attention. “~ James Baldwin https://t.co/kf6irTKD3q– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN ) July 15, 2019 You may shoot me with your words, You
may cut me with your eyes, You may eliminate me with your hatefulness, However still, like air, I’ll rise.- Maya Angelou https://t.co/46jcXSXF0B– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN )< a href= "https://twitter.com/IlhanMN/status/1151656827106541569?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"> July 18, 2019″It is in our hands to make of our world a better one for all. “– Nelson Mandela Today let us honor #MandelaDay as he taught us that we have the power to make that modification.– Rep. Ilhan Omar(@Ilhan) July 18, 2019″The function, the really serious function of bigotry is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work.”-Toni Morrison I am not going to let them distract. Today I
am going to do the work the individuals of Minnesota sent me to do and vote to #RaiseTheWage to $15 an hour.????????– Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) July 18, 2019 For her efforts, Omar has actually received a lot of assistance.
The hashtag #IStandWithIlhan, for instance, was the leading trending topic on Twitter for several hours on Tuesday. But possibly more importantly, Omar protected the crucial Cardi B endorsement.View this post on Instagram You understand you that bitch when you trigger all this conversation???????? ♀ A post shared by MOSTHATEDCARDI( @iamcardib )on Jul 17, 2019 at 7:01 pm PDT It looks as though individuals she represents in her home state of Minnesota feel approximately the exact same way also.
Congresswoman Omar simply arrived back in the Twin Cities. pic.twitter.com/ZiFqWnDJgQ
— Tom Hauser (@thauserkstp) July 18, 2019 As week one in a post-“‘return’ tweets” world heads toward a close, Omar has handled herself with the sort of grace and grace that recommends she’ll be prepared if her prestige remains as high in week two.
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