Jul 15, 2019

The progressive "squad" fires back at Trump's racist tweets

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Four Democratic congresswomen targeted by President Trump in a racist series of tweets telling them to "go back" to where they came from Sunday responded at a press conference Monday.

What they're saying: The lawmakers — including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Rep. Rashida Tlaib — each offered their takes on the issue.

  • AOC: "We don't leave the things that we love. And when we love this country, what that means is that we propose the solutions to fix it."
  • Pressley: "This is simply a disruption and a distraction from the callous, chaotic and corrupt culture of this administration all the way down. We want to get back to the business of the American people."
  • Tlaib: "We know this is who he is," Tlaib said as she doubled down on calls for Trump's impeachment. "We remain focused on holding him accountable to the laws of this land and accountable to the American people."
  • Omar: "Every single statement that we make is from a place of extreme love for every single person in this country."

Of note: After initial silence, Republicans have been rolling out their own backlash against the president, with figures from both chambers condemning the rhetoric.

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President Trump dug in further Monday as he defended his tweets attacking freshman congresswomen of color, denying that they were racist.

The big picture: During his comments at the White House, Trump again said that he didn't specifically name anyone in his tweets, despite the fact that four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley — have made headlines for clashing with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Progressive Dems denounce Trump's "go back" tweet as "white nationalism"

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Democratic congresswomen hit back at President Trump Sunday, denouncing his tweet saying progressives should "go back" and fix the "crime infested places from which they came" as "white nationalism."

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Barr tells anti-Semitism summit identity politics is creating hatred

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Attorney General Bill Barr said in a speech during the Combating Anti-Semitism Summit at the Justice Department Monday that groups fighting "under the banner of identity politics" are dividing Americans.

"[U]nder the banner of identity politics some political factions are seeking to obtain power by dividing Americans and they undermine the values that draw us together, such as a shared commitment to our country's success. This is the breeding ground for hatred and we must reject it."
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