President Donald Trump continued his attacks against four Democratic congresswomen on Monday, doubling down on racist rhetoric aimed at Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), better known as the “Fab Freshman.”
In a string of tweets, Trump slammed the congresswomen as a “bunch of communists” who hate Israel, the U.S., and have criticized his immigration enforcement practices at the southern border — and for that he demanded an apology.
“When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize [to] our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they’ve used, and the terrible things they have said?” the president tweeted Monday morning. “So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!”
He continued, “They are Anti-Semitic, they are Anti-America; we don’t need to know anything about them personally, talk about their policies. I think they are American citizens who are duly elected that are running on an agenda that is disgusting, that the American people will reject.”
On Monday, the four congresswomen — all of whom are women of color — responded to Trump’s attack at a news conference where they condemned his racist and xenophobic rhetoric. Pressley, 45, took to the podium first and blasted the president’s remarks as a “disruptive distraction from the issues of care, concern and consequence to the American people.
“I encourage the American people and all of us, in this room and beyond, to not take the bait,” she added.
Omar also spoke at the conference, and said it was clear that “the agenda of white nationalists has reached the White House garden.” She described the president’s overtly racist attack as a paltry attempt to distract from the fact that he has “openly violated the very values our country aspires to uphold.”
During his rant, the real estate mogul-turned-politician mentioned Omar and the other congresswomen’s criticism of U.S. support for Israel, arguing that their “foul language & racist hatred” have left the Jewish state feeling “abandoned” by the U.S.
“They talk about Israel like they’re a bunch of thugs, not victims of the entire region,” Trump ranted. “If the Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.”
Trump drew swift condemnation from the left after he falsely claimed in a Sunday Twitter rant that the four congresswomen hailed from “countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” and that they had no business commenting on “how our government is to be run be run.”
This is despite the fact that Pressley, Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez are all U.S.-born. Omar, a Somali-American immigrant, is a naturalized citizen.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it’s done,” Trump wrote,” adding, “These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough!”
Tlaib condemned the president’s racism at Monday’s press conference but predicted it likely wouldn’t be the last time something just as “disgusting and bigoted” was uttered from his mouth.
“We know that this is who he his,” the Michigan Democrat told reporters. “And we know that he and his administration are constantly engaged in actions that harm residents of our country.”
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez agreed, and responded directly to the President’s demands to “go back” to where she came from.
“We don’t leave the things we love,” she said, adding that “when we love this country, what that means is that we propose the policies to fix it”
Taking a final swing at the commander-in-chief, Ocasio-Cortez declared that it’s “weak minds and leaders [who] challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy.”
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'This is the agenda of white nationalists,' Rep. Ilhan Omar said about President Trump's 'xenophobic' tweets pic.twitter.com/4osCzxb6id— Reuters (@Reuters) July 16, 2019