President Donald Trump argued Tuesday that the House of Representatives should move to rebuke a quartet of progressive congresswomen that he has targeted with racist rhetoric, carrying his tirade against the quartet into a third day.
The House is expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution condemning the president’s racist attacks against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Trump on Sunday wrote that the four should “go back” to where they came from even though three of the four — Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib — were born in the U.S. and Omar, a refugee from Somalia, has been a citizen since she was 17.
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“The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, & yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party,” Trump wrote online.
“Horrible anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro-terrorist & public shouting of the F…word, among many other terrible things, and the petrified Dems run for the hills,” he continued. “Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad!”
Roughly an hour later, Trump tweeted: “Our Country is Free, Beautiful and Very Successful. If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!”
After first launching his criticism on Sunday, Trump escalated his attacks on social media through Monday, culminating in explosive remarks to reporters outside the White House during which he charged that the four congresswomen “hate” America “with a passion.” The lawmakers responded in a press conference later in the day, defending their patriotism, advocating for liberal policy proposals and calling for the president’s impeachment.
Trump’s incendiary attacks on the congresswomen and attempts to brand them as ideologically representative of the Democratic Party have served to unify the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s caucus, which became consumed last week by infighting between more moderate lawmakers and progressives like Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib.