“I have gotten accustomed to standing up to bullies in my life,” Ms. Omar said about being targeted often by Mr. Trump. “And so, on a personal level, it hasn’t really impacted me, besides having my children be exposed to it and for the last two months of this election cycle waking up every single morning to text messages from my siblings asking if I was safe because he chose to speak about me at every single rally.”
Several prominent supporters of Mr. Trump subsequently reacted with outrage on social media to the congresswoman’s comment.
“This woman is deranged,” said Dinesh D’souza, a conservative commentator and convicted felon who was pardoned by the president.
Fox News host Sean Hannity and Steve Guest, the Republican National Committee’s rapid response director, separately referred to Ms. Omar on social medial afterward as being “unhinged,” meanwhile.
The president attacked Ms. Omar frequently while campaigning against Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden, including falsely claiming at a rally last month that she immigrated to the U.S. illegally.
In another instance, in late September, rally goers chanted “lock her up,” effectively calling for the congresswoman’s imprisonment, after the president alleged she is “corrupt” and “crooked.”
Trump supporters protested the results of his apparent loss Saturday in D.C., during events promoted by the likes of Mr. Hannity, as well as on several websites that cater to neo-Nazis, including Stormfront and The Daily Stormer, among others.
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