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Muslim US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar says Trump is spewing his fascist ideology’

US President Donald Trump pumps his fists as he arrives for a "Make America Great Again" rally at in Greenville, North Carolina, on July 17, 2019. (AFP photo)

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar says President Donald Trump is "spewing his fascist ideology" after Trump’s supporters chanted "Send her back!" at a rally as the Republican president intensified his attacks on four congresswomen of color.

"As much as he's spewing his fascist ideology on stage, telling US citizens to go back because they don't agree with his detrimental policies for our country, we tell people that here in the United States: dissent is patriotic," Omar told reporters at the US Capitol.

"Here in the United States, disagreement is welcome, debate is welcomed and especially in the people's House all of our voices are uplifted and heard," Omar said.

“Nothing this president says should be taken to heart,” she added.

Trump stepped up his vilification of four liberal female lawmakers as “un-American” at a raucous rally on Wednesday, in Greenville, North Carolina.

As Trump recounted past comments by Omar, who was born in Somalia and emigrated to the United States as a child, the crowd began chanting: “Send her back!”

Despite criticism from Democrats that his comments about the four minority congresswomen are racist, Trump went on an extended diatribe about the lawmakers, saying they were welcome to leave the US if they did not like his policies on issues such as immigration and defending Israel.

“So these Congresswomen, their comments are helping to fuel the rise of a dangerous, militant hard left,” the Republican president said to roars from the crowd in North Carolina, a state seen as key to his re-election.

Later on Thursday, Trump told reporters at the Oval Office that he disagreed with the chants.

"I was not happy with it. I disagree with it. But again I didn't say that, they did," Trump said -- though he waited 12 seconds as the chant broke out.

Trump triggered a firestorm over the weekend after he tweeted that the four progressive members of the US House of Representatives, known as “the squad” - Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts - should “go back” where they came from, even though all are US citizens and three are US-born.

Trump's attacks have widely been seen as a bid to rally his right-wing base as the 2020 White House race heats up -- at the risk of inflaming racial tensions and deepening partisan divisions in America.

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