Compiled by Markson Omagor
The US President, Donald Trump known for his outbursts has come under stinging attack from many quarters after he told off Four Minority Democrat Congresswomen to go back to where they came from if they did not love America.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ‘squad’ fired back at Donald Trump on Monday 15th July, calling on House Democratic leadership to bring impeachment proceedings against him.
But despite a sizable backlash against the President’s earlier rant against the four congresswoman, he unleashed a flurry of tweets during their joint conference to double down on his call for them to ‘leave’ the US if they weren’t happy.
While the left-leaning lawmakers addressed reporters, Trump declared that the United States would never bow to socialism and – in a clear swipe – said that ‘certain people hate our country.’
Yet Rep. Ilhan Omar, a frequent target of Trump’s twitter fury, said: ‘We can either continue to enable this president and report on the bile of garbage that comes out of his mouth.
‘Or we can hold him accountable for his crimes. It is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery out of our constitution. It is time for us to impeach this president.’
‘This is the agenda of white nationalist,’ she charged. ‘He would love nothing more than to divide our country based on race, religion, gender orientation or immigration status, because this is the only way he knows he can prevent the solidarity of us working together across all of our differences.’
Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley – or ‘the squad’ as they call themselves – held a joint press conference on Capitol Hill Monday to fire back at the president’s demand they go ‘back where they came from.’
They accused the president of racism, promoting a white nationalist agenda and vowed to hold him accountable.
‘Many members of Congress have called for his impeachment because of his utter disregard and disrespect of the United States Constitution and, despite this, and other many attempts to distract us, I remain focused, we remain focused on holding him accountable to the laws of this land and accountable to the American people.
‘I urge House leadership, many of my colleagues to take action to impeach this lawless president today,’ echoed Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who this weekend repeated her call to ‘impeach the m*fer.’
Rep. Ayanna Pressley charged the president with trying to distract the country from the conditions at the border and the detention facility where migrants are being held.
‘This is simply a disruption and a distraction from the countless chaotic and corrupt culture of this administration, all the way down,’ she said.
Ocasio-Cortez shot back at Trump’s charge that the four lawmakers don’t love the country.
‘We love this country. What that means is that we propose the solutions to fix it,’ she said.
But as the congresswomen addressed reporters, the President renewed his attack of ‘radical left Democrats’ whose open border policies, he claimed, would cripple the the country with crime.
He also accused them of siding with terrorist organisations rather than US ally, Israel, and implied that weren’t willing to appreciate the true horror of the 9/11 attacks.
Trump timed his criticism to coincide with the four lawmakers’ response to an earlier tweet in which the President had suggested they ‘go back from where you came’.
But the four women refused to answer any of the president’s specific charges against them.
Omar, particularly, has been targeted by Trump has accused of her of being a communist and sympathetic to al Qaeda.
‘I will not dignify it with an answer,’ said Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
And Ocasio-Cortez said she would not change any past statements – even if her words gave Trump fuel against them.
‘I don’t think it would have changed anything because first of all, he made statements that were blatantly untrue,’ she said. ‘So whether he was citing comments or not citing comments if he didn’t have what he wanted to say he would make tup. This president operates in complete bad faith.’
Trump claimed that moderate Democrats, by sticking by the ‘squad’, were indirectly endorsing a hatred of the US and its ally, Israel
She also argued Trump threw personal attacks at lawmakers because ‘he does not know how to defend his policies.
‘So what he does is attack us personally. And that is what this is all about. He can’t look a child in the face and he can’t look all Americans in the face and justify why this country is throwing them in cages.
‘So instead, he tells us that I should go back to the great borough of the bronx and make it better and that’s what I’m here to do.’
And while the president was the main target of ‘the squad,’ one lawmaker did manage to get in a knock at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s shot at them – that they are just four people.
‘We are more than four people,’ Pressley said. ‘Our squad is big. Our squad includes any person committed to building a more equitable and just world.’
She added: ‘And given the size of this squad and this great nation, we cannot, we will not be silenced.’
It’s was Pelosi’s knock down of the four young liberal members that started a feud between her and the progressive wing but that internecine battle ended when Trump threw himself into the arena.
Shortly before the lawmakers began their press conference on Capitol Hill, the president took to Twitter to get in a last series of jabs – accusing them of being ‘anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda’ and wanting a ‘communist country.’
‘We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country….,’ he wrote in a series of tweets.
‘….They are anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, “some people did something.” Radical Left Democrats want Open Borders, which means drugs, crime, human trafficking, and much more….,’ he noted.
‘….Detention facilities are not Concentration Camps! America has never been stronger than it is now – rebuilt Military, highest Stock Market EVER, lowest unemployment and more people working than ever before. Keep America Great!,’ he concluded.
One of Trump’s key allies, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, today intervened in the row by branding the President’s comments ‘reprehensible’.
He told BBC’s Today: ‘I don’t see the President as a racist, but here’s the thing, if you continue to say and act in that manner then we have to say, maybe you weren’t a racist, but maybe you’re turning into one.
‘What he said over the weekend, I think was reprehensible and Republican elected leaders that can’t call it for what it is, shame on them.’
Scaramucci also accused senior White House advisors of being too ‘afraid’ to confront the President.
Earlier Monday Trump advised the progressive Democrats who don’t like the way he’s running the country that they can move somewhere else, as he upped the ante against four Democratic representatives.
Trump said the legislators should ‘go back where they came from’ in a controversial message on Sunday that the women are blasting as racist.
He didn’t say who he was talking about, but it was inferred that he tweaking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the members of her ‘squad,’ including American-born Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley but also Somali-American legislator Ilhan Omar.
He suggested Monday that the women are communists and denied that he was making a racist attack on them.
Responding to a question from DailyMail.com, he at first declined to name names on Monday, but hit Omar by name.
‘Well I don’t mention – I didn’t mention names. And I didn’t do that,’ he said.
He proceeded to say they should leave, if they don’t like it America, as other reporters chimed in to ask where the women, all of whom but Omar, who were born in American should go.
‘If you’re not happy here then you can leave. As far as I’m concerned, if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave. And that’s what I say all the time,’ he said. ‘That’s what I said in a tweet, which I guess some people think it’s controversial.’
He added, ‘A lot of people love it, by the way. A lot of people love it. But if you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, very simply, you can leave. You can leave right now. Come back if you want, don’t come back, it’s okay too. But if you’re not happy you can leave.’
Naming Oma the president referenced the Muslim congresswoman’s nationality and claimed she’s anti-Semitic.
‘When I hear the statements that they’ve made, and in come case you have somebody that comes from Somalia – which is a failed government, a failed state – who left Somalia, who ultimately came here, and now is a congresswoman who’s never happy, says horrible things about Israel. Hates Jews. Hates Jews!’ he claimed.
He ripped Ocasio-Cortez as he continued to explain himself, saying, ‘It’s very simple. And if the Democrats want to wrap their bows around this group of four people – one of them kept Amazon out of New York. Tens of thousands of jobs, would have been a great thing, and she kept Amazon from going.
‘Would have been a great deal. I mean, could he have made better? Maybe. But tens of thousands of jobs, and New York has not been the same since that happened. It’s really hurt New York and New York City. Amazon was going to go, they were going to relocate a major section of their business to New York. She kept them out! That was a terrible thing she did. A terrible thing she did.’
Trump continued to unload on the women, bringing up remarks that Republican Senator Lindsey Graham made on ‘Fox & Friends’ earlier that morning about them.
‘Even stronger than what I’m saying. He said they’re Communists. I’m saying, I’m saying that they’re socialists, definitely. As to whether or not they’re Communists, I would think they might be.’
The president did not respond to a question from DailyMail.com in response to the claim about whether he’s saying that Ocasio-Cortez is a communist.
Tlaib had again vowed on Saturday to ‘impeach the M-fer’ at a progressive event, infuriating the Republican president. It turned into an all-out brawl from there, with Trump attacking the women on Twitter, and the legislators slapping back.
It continued into Monday, with the president tweeting about the women, and then attacking them at a South Lawn event, where he was promoting American-made products.
‘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 have used, and the terrible things they have said. So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘If 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. I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the U.S.,’ he added.
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