Critics of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) pounced on a resurfaced tweet from the firebrand progressive lawmaker that appeared to use much of the same wording that she and others called "racist" when employed by President Donald Trump.
The tweet from Omar read, "we are citizens & can't be deported, why don't we deport you to where ever you came from," and was a response to a tweet that is no longer available.
Omar and many more critics of the president assailed him for telling her and three other members of Congress to go back to their home countries in a pair of tweets that have been widely condemned.
"So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run," the president tweeted.
"Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," he added. "Then come back and show us how it is done."
Although the president defended his tweets vehemently to the media, he relented after the audience at his North Carolina rally chanted "send her back!" in reference to his tweets.
Defenders of the president noted that he asked for the four women to voluntarily leave. Omar's tweet from 2012 went farther and threatened to "deport" the critic to whom she was responding.
Here's the latest on the "go back" tweets:
Trump criticizes media reaction to 'send her back' chant www.youtube.com