Seething ‘Freshmen Four’ melt-down over Trump’s brutal scolding; Pelosi sees an opening

President Donald Trump’s no-holds-barred Twitter attack Sunday morning against this year’s radical Democrat freshmen managed to achieve the impossible.

After days of bickering among themselves, congressional Democrats seemingly united as one Sunday afternoon and aimed their combined fury at the president.

Leading this new “squad” of sorts was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who only days earlier had been squabbling with the original “squad” and its four troublemakers — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley.

In a series a tweets posted about two hours after the president’s attack, the speaker rushed to the defense of the “squad” and accused Trump of wanting to make “America white again.”

That was a shocking turnaround, given as it’d only been a few days since AOC suggested that the speaker’s a racist — and less than 24 hours since the “squad” en masse blasted Pelosi at the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia.

Speaking of AOC, she too fired back against Trump early Sunday afternoon.

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What remains to be seen is whether she and her peers will issue a thank you tweet to Pelosi. If they choose to ignore her defending them, that could strain their relationship again.

As of around 1:00 pm Sunday afternoon, neither Omar nor Pressley had responded yet to the president’s attack. Tlaib did however post a tweet about the president two hours after he’d sent his tweet, but it’s unclear whether her tweet references his tweet or just him in general.

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Back to the original tweet, the president had written a scathing rant complaining about how the “squad” of “Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” spend a lot of time “viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.”

Angered by this, the president suggested that the “squad members” should “go back and help fix” their own countries …

While the tweet was received positively by some in his base, others felt as if it was the mistake of a lifetime. For one, only one member of the “squad,” Omar, was actually born outside the U.S.

AOC was born in New York City, Tlaib was born in Detroit and Pressley was born in Cincinnati. That Trump would falsely accuse the three of them of being foreign-born struck many as unfortunate, since it paved the way for Democrats to again argue that he’s a racist.

Except this time the argument seems more valid, even some centrists and conservatives claim:

To be fair to the president, all four “squad” members do greatly act like they hate America. They complain incessantly about its government and policies, plot daily against its sovereignty and sometimes even side with its enemies.

 

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