More than 140 parliamentarians condemn Donald Trump supporters for Ilhan Omar 'send her home' chants

Ilhan Omar and Donald Trump Credit: PA

A total of 145 parliamentarians have signed a letter condemning Donald Trump supporters who chanted “send her home” at Congress woman Ilhan Omar.

During a rally in North Carolina, Mr Trump doubled down on a series of tweets in which he said four Democratic congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”.

After his comments the crowd standing chanting “send her home” in reference to Ms Omar.

In a statement, signed by a total of 117 MPs and 28 members of the House of Lords, the rhetoric used was described as being "dangerous".

“This type of racist, misogynistic and extremist political atmosphere has for decades only been seen on the peripheries of far-right white supremacist politics,” the statement said.

“Last night this inciteful open bus that was validates in the presence of the President of the United States.”

The open-letter was coordinated by Labour MP Naz Shah, who told ITV News: "We can't remain silent and we must stand against racism and fascism. It's important we show people around the world, that British politicians won't tolerate this."

The chanting stemmed from Mr Trump tweeting that politicians, who he did not name, should “go back” to their countries.

He denied his tweets were racists and although Mr Trump did not initially say who he was referring to at his most recent rally he accused Ms Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashia Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley of hating America.

In response to the chants, Ms Omar tweeted a quote from Maya Angelou, the American poet, singer and civil rights activist: "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."