Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come under fire for his xenophobic remarks against Somalis in Minnesota. It’s unsurprising that this is not the first time that Trump has made some disparaging comments against migrants.

Trump said Somali migrants are a “disaster” and Minnesota residents have “suffered enough” because of migrants pouring in. The U.S. presidential hopeful made the controversial comments on Sunday while addressing a rally in the mid-west state.

Trump accused Somalis of “joining Isis and spreading their extremist views all over our country and all over the world”.

“Here in Minnesota, you’ve seen first hand the problems caused with faulty refugee vetting, with very large numbers of Somali refugees coming into your state without your knowledge, without your support or approval,” he said.

The Republican candidate has been strongly rebuked by Betsy Hodges, the mayor of Minnesota who has called out Trump on his “ignorance”,  “hate”, and “fear”.

Hodges came out in defence of Somalis in an impassionate statement posted on Facebook saying, “Minneapolis is a better, stronger place for having our Somali and East African immigrants and refugees in it,”

“This is America, Donald, and the Somali people of Minnesota and Minneapolis are not *roaming* our communities, they are *building* them,” she said.

U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Betsy Hodges, the mayor of Minnesota Photo: Betsy Hodges/Facebook
U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Betsy Hodges, the mayor of Minnesota Photo: Betsy Hodges/Facebook

The Minnesota mayor is certainly pulling no punches in her criticism of Trump’s misogyny and bigotry saying, “Everything you’ve done in your life – from your business practices to your sexual assaults to your Islamophobia to your constant blaming of others for the problems you’ve created yourself – betrays your ignorance of those values”.

Trump has caused a furore over a series of controversial, offensive and often inflammatory comments made during his campaign trail. Chief amongst his infamous plans is his pledge to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Earlier on during his campaign Trump called on the U.S. to ban all Muslims from entering the country, “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,”  a statement which put him at odds with values of many Americans.