At a press convention Monday afternoon, Democratic members of Congress, Minn. Rep. Ilhan Omar, N.Y. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mass. Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Mich. Rep Rashida Tlaib, generally known as ‘The Squad,’ hit again at U.S. President Donald Trump for a tirade of racist tweets he posted over the weekend, saying the assault was an try and distract from what they are saying are “hateful” and “harmful” insurance policies from his administration.
“It is a president who has brazenly violated the very worth our nation aspires to uphold,” Omar mentioned. “Equality underneath the regulation, non secular liberty, equal safety and safety from persecution. And to distract from that, he’s launching a blatantly racist assault on 4 duly elected members of the USA home of representatives, all of who’re girls of color.
“That is the agenda of white nationalists,” she continued, “whether or not it’s taking place in chatrooms or it’s taking place on nationwide TV, and now its reached the White Home backyard.
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“He would love nothing greater than to divide our nation based mostly on race, faith, gender, orientation or immigration standing as a result of that is the one approach he is aware of he can forestall the solidarity of us working collectively throughout all of our variations, the one strategy to forestall us from confronting the issues our nation is going through.”
Ocasio-Cortez mentioned the assaults are a ploy Trump makes use of as an alternative of defending his administration’s coverage.
“Weak minds and leaders problem loyalty to our nation to keep away from difficult and debating the coverage,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned. “This president doesn’t know learn how to make the argument that People don’t deserve healthcare, he doesn’t know learn how to defend his insurance policies, so what he does is assault us personally. And that’s what that is all about.”
Pressley urged the American folks and different lawmakers to not “take the bait,” and to regain focus.
“I encourage the American folks, and all of us on this room and past, to not take the bait,” Pressley mentioned. “It is a disruptive distraction from the problems of care, concern and consequence to the American folks.”
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She added that ‘The Sqaud’ is not going to be silenced.
“We’re greater than 4 folks; we ran on a mandate to advocate for and to symbolize these ignored disregarded and left behind. Our squad is large,” she mentioned. “Our squad consists of any individual dedicated to constructing a extra equitable and simply world, and that’s the work we wish to get again to.”
Tlaib echoed her colleagues’ remarks and referred to as upon Home management to start the impeachment course of in opposition to Trump.
“Sadly this isn’t the primary nor will it’s the final time we hear disgusting, bigoted language from the president,” she mentioned. “Regardless of this and different many makes an attempt to distract us I stay targeted, we stay targeted on holding him accountable to the legal guidelines of this land and accountable to the American folks.”
“I urge Home management, lots of my colleagues to take motion to question this lawless president immediately,” Tlaib continued.
WATCH: Trump accuses Omar of hating Jews whereas defending tweets in opposition to congresswomen
On Sunday the president attacked the congresswomen in a tweet, saying they need to “return and assist repair the completely broke and crime infested locations from which they got here,” after which “come again and present us how it’s achieved.”
“So fascinating to see ‘Progressive’ Democratic Congresswomen, who initially got here from nations whose governments are an entire and whole disaster, the worst, most corrupt and inept anyplace on this planet (in the event that they actually have a functioning authorities in any respect), now loudly and viciously telling the folks of the USA, the best and strongest Nation on earth, how our authorities is to be run,” Trump wrote.
Confronted with harsh backlash for the tweets, Trump doubled down on the assaults in a speech on Monday, saying “should you’re not blissful right here, you may depart.”
Ilhan Omar reacts to Trump’s assaults: ‘Each single Muslim has heard that’
He additionally singled out Omar, claiming she “hates Jews.”
“In a single case, you could have any individual that comes from Somalia, which is a failed authorities, a failed state, who left Somalia, who finally got here right here,” he mentioned. “And now could be a congresswoman who’s by no means blissful, says horrible issues about Israel, hates Israel, hates Jews, hates Jews. It’s quite simple.”
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When requested in the course of the press convention Monday to reply to these feedback, Omar mentioned she wouldn’t dignify his assault with a response.
“I do know that each single Muslim that has lived on this nation and internationally has heard that remark and so I cannot dignify it with a solution,” she mentioned.
“As a result of I do know that each single Islamophobe, each single one that is hateful, who’s pushed by an ideology of othering as this president is, rejoices in us responding to that and us defending ourselves.”
When requested by reporters on Monday whether or not he was involved that many thought of his tweets to be racist, Trump mentioned he wasn’t.
“It doesn’t concern me as a result of many individuals agree with me, and all I’m saying — if they need us to depart, they’ll depart,” he mentioned.
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On Sunday, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted, denouncing Trump’s tweets.
“When @realDonaldTrump tells 4 American Congresswomen to return to their nations, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Nice Once more’ has all the time been about making America white once more,” she wrote.
“Our variety is our energy and our unity is our energy.”
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Pelosi introduced on Monday that Home Democrats will introduce a decision condemning Trump’s “xenophobic tweets.”
“Our Republican colleagues should be part of us in condemning the president’s xenophobic tweets,” she wrote in a letter to her Democratic colleagues within the Home.
— With recordsdata from Maryam Shah and Reuters.
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