Donald Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien called Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar “the most extreme, most dangerous” member of the Democratic Party, as Republicans rush to win votes in the battlefield state.
Stepien made the damning comment during a media call on Friday, said Newsweek, the latest in a series of attacks on Omar by the president and his team.
“Everywhere else in the state you have common sense Democrats who no longer recognize Joe Biden’s Democratic Party,” Stepien said of Minnesota.
“They don’t recognize what it has become.”
Stepien also accused Omar of pushing Biden towards the radical left on important issues, saying, “We know what she wants to do, she wants to defend the police, she is pushing for the Green New Deal.”
Donald Trump’s top campaign leader Bill Stepien (left) called Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (right) ‘the most extreme, most dangerous’ member of the Democratic Party in a media call on Friday as Republicans rush to regain control of the battlefield state
His criticism echoed those of Trump during his repeated attacks on Omar on the campaign trail in recent weeks, including one at a Florida rally where the president said the freshman congressman ‘hates our country’ and accused her of illegally entering the US. come.
Born in Somalia, Omar came to the US as a refugee in the 1990s and became a US citizen in 2000 at the age of 17.
At the Florida rally on Oct. 16, Trump said of Omar, “ She comes from a place where there is not even a government and then she comes here, she tells us how to run our country, and she hates our country.
“When you look at the house with Pelosi, it’s like they hate Israel, and they believe in Omar who came in here and married her brother or something, and came in illegally.”
According to Omar’s office, claims that her ex-husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is actually her brother who she married in 2009 so he could move to the US are ‘disgusting lies’.
Trump went after Omar again at an Oct. 17 rally in Michigan, saying she “ really hates our country ” and stating, “ We’re going to win Minnesota because of her. ”
Trump has repeatedly attacked Omar on the campaign trail in recent weeks, including at rallies in Michigan (pictured) and Florida, where he said the freshman congresswoman ‘hates our country’ and accused her of entering the US illegally.
Omar hit back in an MSNBC interview the next day, saying she “ loves this country more ” than Trump and refuted his baseless claims that she entered the US illegally.
‘It is actually just amazing to see how he describes what love for this country is. I would certainly count not just Somalis, but myself, the Governor of Michigan and our Chairman [Pelosi] they all love this country much more than the president, ”said Omar.
She added that Trump is “ destroying not just the presidency, but everything this country stands for. ”
Omar also claimed that attacks by Trump and his team have resulted in her receiving death threats, saying, “Every time the president calls on my name, it has incited violence against me.”
Omar hit back in an MSNBC interview last week saying she ‘loves this country more’ than Trump and refuted his baseless claims that she entered the US illegally
As Election Day approaches, Trump and his campaign are increasingly relying on fear tactics to swing opinion polls in their favor in battlefield states like Minnesota.
While the state’s 10 electoral votes have gone to the Democratic nominees in the last four elections, Trump came within a point of victory in 2016 and so hopes to bring it home this year.
Biden currently has a six-point lead over Trump in the state, according to a RealClearPolitics analysis of recent polls.
As Stepien did at Friday’s campaign conference, Trump has repeatedly accused the left of trying to “ destroy the American way of life, ” “ erase American history, ” and “ purify American values ” – claiming without any basis that Democratic rival Joe Biden would endanger communities.
Trump is pushing the dark message forward while facing headwinds not only in national polls showing Biden leading, but also in key battlefield surveys.
His comments come after his campaign, with far less money than Biden’s, largely retired from TV advertising in the Midwest, and much of his money shifted to Sun Belt states such as Florida, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia, as well as Pennsylvania. .
While trying to empower his base and prevent voters from turning against him, Trump sought to portray Democrats as “ anti-American radicals, ” saying that moderates had “ a moral obligation ” to join the Republican Party to join.
“The Democratic Party you once knew doesn’t exist,” he said at the aforementioned meeting in Michigan.
It was the same problem after number, as he claimed in hyperbolic terms that Biden’s election would stimulate “the greatest depression in our country’s history” and “turn Michigan into a refugee camp.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.