Jul 15, 2019

Trump escalates attacks on Democratic congresswomen of color

President Trump continued his Twitter attacks on "Radical Left Congresswomen" on Monday, escalating his rhetoric one day after a racist string of tweets said that legislators should "go back" and fix their own countries before shaping American government.

"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!"

Trump attempted to turn the tables in a pair of Sunday evening tweets, arguing that "Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, 'RACIST.'"

  • "Their disgusting language and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged."
  • He followed in much the same vein with another Monday tweet: "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."

The big picture: Trump didn't specifically name anyone in this group of congresswomen, but four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color popularly known as "The Squad" — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley — have made headlines for clashing with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

  • Of those four, only Omar is an immigrant to the United States.
  • Trump's repeated claims of "foul language" seem to refer to a statement by Tlaib when she said Congress would "impeach the motherf---er" during an event in January soon after being sworn in.

The state of play: As Axios' Mike Allen reported, even the GOP is having a hard time defending the president on this line of attack. "Republicans with a conscience are cringing," a Trump ally told him.

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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"

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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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House Democrats condemn Trump's racist tweets

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Trump. Photos: Win McNamee/Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

House Democrats began drafting a resolution on Monday to condemn President Trump's racist tweets against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other congresswomen of color from over the weekend and into Monday, Politico reports.

“This weekend, the President went beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress. ... This morning, the President doubled down on his attacks on our four colleagues suggesting they apologize to him. Let me be clear, our Caucus will continue to forcefully respond to these disgusting attacks.”
— Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter to House Democrats

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