Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pushed back at Donald Trump's rallying cry against them, with the New York Democrat charging the president with putting 'millions of Americans in danger.'
'I think the president put millions of Americans in danger last night. His rhetoric is endangering lots of people,' Ocasio-Cortez told reporters in the Capitol on Thursday.
'This is just not just about threats to individual Members of Congress, but it is about creating a volatile environment in this country through violent rhetoric that puts anyone like Ilhan, anyone who believes in the rights of all people, in danger. And I think that he has a responsibility for that environment.'
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Trump of putting 'millions of Americans' in danger with his words
Representative Ihan Omar pushed back at President Donald Trump's rallying cry against her
She also said she was worried about her personal safety.
'Of course. I think part of the point is to target us,' Ocasio-Cortez said. 'It's natural to be concerned about our security.'
And Omar said she was afraid for fellow minorities - not herself.
'I am not [scared for my safety]. What I'm scared for is the safety for people who share my identity,' Omar told reporters.
'This is not about me. This is about fighting for what this country should be and what it deserves to be.'
Earlier in the day, Omar told Trump she was here to stay and 'you're just gonna have to deal.'
'I am where I belong, at the people's house and you're just gonna have to deal!,' Omar tweeted along with a photo of herself presiding over the House of Representatives.
Several Democrats called for increased security for Omar and other members of the 'squad' - Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib - plus any one else targeted by Trump, The Hill newspaper reported.
'This is an important time in this country. These are dangerous times. Every member of this House needs additional security,' Representative Al Green told the newspaper.
'Leadership has adequate security. Members do not have adequate security. I want to thwart the efforts of those who might want to harm a member of this House,' he said.
President Trump on Thursday disavowed the 'Send her back!' that stood out as a watershed moment in Wednesday night's campaign rally as his supporters shouted it during his tirade against Omar.
'I was not happy with it. I disagree with it,' he said.
'I felt a little bit badly about it,' he conceded, but added: 'I didn't say that. They did.'
Asked why he didn't stop his supporters from chanting the unmistakable message, he replied: 'I think I did. I started speaking very quickly.'
President Trump disavowed the 'send her back' chant on Thursday
Trump came under fire from Democrats and Republicans alike over the chant his supporters shouted at Wednesday night's campaign rally.
The Democrats he targeted took to social media to show the support they were receiving in the wake of his words.
Ocasio-Cortez offered words of encouragement via Twitter.
'To all those scared for our future: we can get through this better than we started. We have the power to triumph over hatred, division, and bigotry. But decency cannot be taken for granted. It is something we must create, advance, and actively work to build each and every day,' she wrote.
Omar retweeted several messages of support as the #IStandWithIlhan hashtag trended on Twitter in the hours after Trump attacked her at his rally, resulting in the crowd shouting 'send her back, send her back' - a reference to Trump's call for the lawmakers who make up the 'squad' to go 'back where they came from.'
And she offered a verse from the poet Maya Angelou as part of her response: '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. -Maya Angelou'
Additionally, the first-term congresswoman offered a verse from Toni Morrison and then touted her work in Congress.
''The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work.' -Toni Morrison I am not going to let them distract. Today I am going to do the work the people of Minnesota sent me to do and vote to #RaiseTheWage to $15 an hour,' Omar tweeted from her official account.
'And this afternoon, I am going to return to my district and talk to my constituents about how I am working to guarantee quality health care for them with @RepJayapal,' she added.
The Democratic Congresswoman also told Time magazine she's a target because she represents many minorities in her person.
'The right wing, Trump, the Republicans, white supremacists [launch] attacks on immigrants, refugees, black people, women, Muslims,' she said and noted with her: . 'They have all of that in one box.'
And her communications director, Jeremy Slevin, took to Twitter to blast