Donald Trump increased his incendiary racist comments against four congresswomen accusing one of marrying her British “brother”.
The President fuelled further division among the American people at his latest re-election rally where he described the quartet – known as ‘the squad’ as a “force of evil”.
The continued attack saw leading British politicians join anti-racist campaigners Hope Not Hate to condemn Donald Trump’s racially charged attacks.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan , dozens of MPs, trade union chiefs and activists have sent a message of support to Democrats Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley after the US President’s racist tweets at the weekend.
They wrote: “ We are disgusted by Donald Trump’s attack on you.
“His blatant, unashamed racism has appalled people around the world.
“You embody the best of America. Its diversity is its strength.”
Before leaving Washington for Wednesday’s night rally, Trump suggested one of his targets, Somalian-born Muslim Omar, was married to her brother.
“Well there’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother,” Trump said on the White House lawn.
“I know nothing about it, I hear that she was married to her brother … I don’t know but I’m sure that somebody would be looking at that.”
Then at the rally in Greenville, North Carolina, he carried on his deeply personal attack on the Minnesota politician accusing her of blaming terrorist attacks on America and being anti-Semitic.
“She smeared U.S. Service members involved in Black Hawk Down,” he said referring to the failed 1993 raid in Mogadishu by the U.S. military.
“In other words, she slandered the brave Americans were trying to keep peace in Somalia. Omar minimised the September 11th attacks on our homeland saying some people did something,” he added.
“Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-semitic’ attacks.
She talked about the evil is real, and it’s all about the Benjamin’s.
“She looks down with contempt on the hard-working Americans saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country.”
Omar responded to Trump’s attack on Twitter with a poem by Maya Angelou: “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.”
She later added on Twitter: “I am where I belong, at the people’s house, and you’re just gonna have to deal.”
A Somali blog first accused her of marrying her brother and of being a bigamist three years ago.
Omar has said she had married her current partner, Ahmed Hirsi, in the eyes of her Muslim faith in 2002 but never legally married him. Their partnership ended in 2008.
She then legally married British Somali migrant Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009, but that union ended in 2011.
Omar has furiously dismissed claims she married her brother as “baseless, absurd rumours” and accused journalists of Islamophobia.
Before leaving the White House on Wednesday, Trump said he has no regrets about his ongoing spat with the squad.
He told reporters he thinks he’s “winning the political argument” and “winning it by a lot.”
The crowd’s response to Trump echoed the racist remarks he has aimed in recent days at the squad, who he has accused of making hateful comments about America.
The event made clear he plans to use his criticism of the Democratic lawmakers as a rallying cry for his 2020 re-election campaign.
The President has sought to frame the election around a nationalistic message which has inflamed racial tensions across the States.
“These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force for evil,” Trump told the packed arena.
To roaring applause, he railed against what he called “hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down.”
“They don’t love our country,” he said.
“I think, in some cases, they hate our country. You know what? If they don’t love it, tell them to leave it.”
“These congresswomen are helping the rise of a militant, hard left. They never have anything good to say, which is why I say, ‘If they don’t like it, let them leave.’
“They don’t love our country, and in some cases, I think they hate our country.”
The crowd responded by chanting “Leave” while drawing deafening round of boos and shouts of “traitor” and “treason”.
At the time of the rally, Merriam-Webster dictionary tweeted: “Tonight’s top searches, in order: racism, socialism, fascism, concentration camp, xenophobia, bigot.”
On Sunday, Trump sent out a series of racist tweets attacking Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, Tlaib and Omar, who have been heavily critical of his administration.
Trump, who said on Tuesday he didn’t have “a racist bone in my body”, said the four should “go back” to “the crime-infested places from which they came.”
All four of the congresswomen are American citizens, and only Omar, a Somali refugee, was not born in the States.
Immediately after the rally condemnation of Trump’s rhetoric was swift from his potential Presidential rivals.
“These members of Congress – children of immigrants, just like so many of us – are an example of exactly what makes America great,” former vice president Joe Biden wrote in a tweet.
“So, Mr President, I am here to tell you this. This is OUR country: The United States of America. You’ll never understand what makes us strong.”
Kamala Harris, another Democratic 2020 contender, wrote on Twitter: “It’s vile. It’s cowardly. It’s xenophobic. It’s racist. It defiles the office of the President. And I won’t share it here. It’s time to get Trump out of office and unite the country.”
Trump held his latest rally just hours after a bid to launch impeachment proceedings against him was blocked in the US House of Representatives.
Texas Democrat Al Green filed the resolution after the House voted to denounce the President racists attacks.
But the measure failed to win enough support, with his fellow Democrats voting overwhelmingly against.
Trump had said the “ridiculous” attempts to impeach him were now “over”.
“This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again,” he tweeted.
They were joined in condemning Trump by a raft of British politicians.
Labour’s Tulip Siddiq said: “I am a second-generation immigrant. I am the daughter of an asylum seeker. This racist rally sends shivers down my spine. Those who are shocked by this have not been listening.”
And Labour MP David Lammy added: “Fascism spreads like wildfire. Especially when it comes from the President of the United States of America. Chilling to my core.”
Fellow Labour MP Lisa Nandy added: “Look at the attacks on the media,
Parliament, the civil service and the judiciary by politicians on the left and the right, then tell me this can’t happen here. This is a wake-up call.”
Matthew McGregor of Hope Not Hate added: “Trump’s racism crosses borders
his slurs have an impact around the world and have given heart to white nationalists everywhere.
British Foreign Secretary and Number 10 hopeful Jeremy Hunt said yesterday Trump’s language was “totally offensive.”
Speaking to Channel 5, Hunt said the chants were “the real danger of using the words like the president used”.
“Many people seeing that will be deeply concerned that you can set off a chain of events that are deeply, deeply unfortunate,” he said.
“There is absolutely no place in this country for the language that the president used, which I think is totally offensive.
“I think one of the things we can be proud of in this country is that we have politicians -whichever party they are from – to bring people of different backgrounds, different races, different colours together and that’s why this is a real concern.”