Trump endorses Omar's Republican challenger

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE on Monday endorsed Lacy Johnson, the Republican candidate challenging Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Minn.) in the 2020 election cycle.

“You are doing a great job, and Omar is a disaster who wants much higher taxes, hates our Military & our Vets, demands Open Borders, and is fighting to take away our great 2nd Amendment,” Trump tweeted Monday morning, sharing a message from Johnson celebrating the Republican endorsement. “Good luck Lacy!”


Trump has long targeted Omar, who represents Minnesota’s 5th District, for criticism, accusing her of being anti-Semitic. Omar, in exchange, has accused the president of racism.

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Trump has accused Omar and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Defunding the police: Put it to a vote McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Mich.) — the first Muslim women elected to Congress — of being “anti-Israel” last year over their support for Palestinian rights and backing of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel. Trump successfully pressed Israel to bar the two congresswomen from visiting the country last summer.

Last October, Trump staged a campaign rally in Omar’s congressional district, criticizing her as an “America-hating socialist” and a “disgrace” to the United States.

Omar was elected to Congress during the 2018 midterm elections that saw Democrats capture a majority in the House of Representatives with a sweeping victory. She has in just over a year established herself as a prominent voice of the progressive wing of the party. Omar is facing a Democratic primary challenger in Atone Melton-Meaux on August 11.