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Many Minnesotans Are Angry At Trump Saying Their State Suffered Because Of Somali Refugees

The state may elect its first Somali-American refugee, Ilhan Omar, to Minnesota State Legislature on Tuesday.

Posted on November 7, 2016, at 8:24 a.m. ET

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On Sunday, Trump told a rally in Minneapolis that "you’ve suffered enough in Minnesota" because of Somali refugees.

Trump stepped up attacks on Muslim refugees, saying they would bring “generations of terrorism” into the US, adding that Minnesota had “suffered enough” since the state has become home to Somali refugees.

“A Trump administration will not admit any refugees without the support of the local community where they are being placed,” Trump said on Sunday. “It’s the least they can do for you. You’ve suffered enough in Minnesota."

Since the comments began to circulate in the media, many Minnesotans have made it clear they are not happy with Trump's comments.

This is horrible--as a counterpoint my Somali students are now college sophomores working toward degrees in medicin…

Minnesota is a state proud of its refugee communities, especially our Somali population. @realDonaldTrump, how dare you.

Trump: Minnesota "has suffered enough" due to Somali refugees. Some facts:

Dear @realDonaldTrump, Somali immigrants are: 🚔 Cops 🏥 Doctors 🔬 Scientists 🏛 Lawyers 💡 Entrepreneurs 🎓 Teachers and... Human beings.

Stay the fuck out of my state @realDonaldTrump. We don't want you here and I can't wait until you lose on Tuesday.…

Donald Trump's racist comments about Minnesota Somalis met with outrage via @StarTribune

Many people were also quick to point out that Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American from Minnesota, is likely to become a member the Minnesota State Legislature.

On Tuesday, @IlhanMN is set to become first Somali-American to ever be elected to state legislature in our country.…

Good luck @IlhanMN. Can't wait to see the first Muslim woman member of Congress from my beloved #Minnesota.…

Sufferred from radical greatness. That's why we will elect @IlhanMN, a Somali-American refugee, on Tuesday. It's go…

Minnesota has a proud tradition of welcoming immigrants & refugees; glad to have'm! Minneapolis will elect @IlhanMN to MN House on Tuesday!✨


Ilhan Omar is running for a seat in the Minnesota State Legislature. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated she was running for Congress.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.