Politics

Rashida Tlaib Wanted To Send Trump Back In 2015. Ilhan Omar Wanted Someone Deported Too

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor

Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib called for President Donald Trump to be deported in 2015, four years before he fired off the tweet directed at “the squad” suggesting they “go back” to where they came from.

In the aftermath of the San Bernardino shooting in 2015, then-candidate Trump had called for a “total and complete shutdown” of the border to Muslims coming into the United States.

Tlaib shared an article about Trump’s policy proposal, along with the comment, “Deport this asshole!”

Tlaib was not the only “squad” member to have called for someone’s deportation.

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar suggested that someone arguing with her on Twitter ought to be deported in a recently resurfaced 2012 tweet. (RELATED: Ilhan Omar: ‘Racist’ Trump ‘Wants Every Black/Brown Person Deported And Muslims Banned’)

The account to which Omar was directly replying was private, but her comment came at the end of a long thread discussing whether immigrants should hold onto their ancestral culture or fully adopt the culture of their new home country.

The conversation was sparked by comments from Mayor Robert Macdonald of Lewiston, Maine, who had told the BBC that immigrants should “accept our culture and leave your culture at the door.”

President Trump has received harsh criticism over the last couple of weeks after he tweeted about the progressive congresswomen “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” and suggested that they “go back” to those countries.

The president’s tweets were widely panned as “racist,” and Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed his words were the “hallmark language of white supremacists” and they were proof that Trump was “comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism.”