Donald Trump Should Listen to Michelle Obama and Think Long and Hard About His Life

“What truly makes our country great is its diversity.”

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On Saturday, President Donald Trump expressed his admiration for the “patriotic” supporters who chanted “send her back” at a recent North Carolina campaign rally, in reference to Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (who came to the United States when she was 10-years-old).

It’s a weird definition of patriotism that would cast a former refugee who committed herself to public service as its antithesis, in the same way that it’s bizarre to suggest that a naturalized citizen currently serving in Congress still hasn’t “assimilated.” For someone who literally put the slogan on his forehead, Trump doesn’t seem to have much of a clue of what actually makes America great. Maybe Michelle Obama can set him straight. Here’s how she responded to the president’s attacks on Omar:

Perfect.

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