Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has responded to supporters at a rally for President Donald Trump chanting “send her back,” and she used a stanza from a Maya Angelou poem, later tweeting that she was where she belonged: “at the people’s house.”
"She looks down with contempt on the hard-working Americans, saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country," Trump said of Omar during the rally, prompting the chant.
Trump supporters have long chanted “lock her up” at his rallies, referring to his 2016 Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, even well after the election.
Still I Rise
Maya Angelou - 1928-2014
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
From And Still I Rise by #Maya_Angelou. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. Reprinted by permission of Random House, Inc.