While Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted President Trump for apparently “leading the GOP into outright racism,” Sen. Lindsey Graham called out the lawmaker and other Democrats for being anti-American “communists.”
The South Carolina Republican minced no words condemning the congresswomen Trump apparently targeted in a series of tweets on Sunday when he pointed to tensions between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley who disagreed with her and voted against an emergency spending bill for the border.
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Responding to new polls projecting Trump would lose to some of the 2020 Democratic candidates, Graham told Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt that the president is “gonna win,” while he suggested perhaps Trump should “just knock it down a notch.”
“We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of communists,” he said on “Fox & Friends” Monday.
“They hate Israel, they hate our own country. They’re calling the guards along our border, Border Patrol agents concentration camp guards. They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for the Benjamins,” he said. “They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America.”
But, the senator noted, Trump should not get on the level of Democrats slinging mud but should “aim higher” by using their policies against them.
“Don’t get down, aim higher. We don’t need to know anything about them personally. Talk about their policies,” he said. “I think they’re American citizens duly elected running on an agenda that is disgusting, that the American people will reject.”
Democrats and other on the left slammed Trump after he tweeted that several progressive freshmen House members should ”go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Trump to contemptuous freshmen: Go back to your crime-infested countries, ‘you can’t leave fast enough’ https://t.co/osYP6zGAXv
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 14, 2019
Omar, a Somali-born refugee who came to the U.S. as a child, fired back at the president in a tweet calling him “the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen.” She also appeared to knock Trump supporters across the country by re-tweeting a link to a Daily Beast article with a headline that read, “Trump Is a Racist. If You Still Support Him, So Are You.”
Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter again on Monday to condemn Trump for allegedly using the “hallmark language of white supremacist,” claiming – without evidence – that the president is “comfortable” leading his party into racism.
It’s important to note that the President’s words yday, telling four American Congresswomen of color “go back to your own country,” is hallmark language of white supremacists.
Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 15, 2019
The president doubled down on his criticism of the progressive House members later on Sunday, criticizing Democrats for turning a blind eye to the “disgraceful behavior” while backing “people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion.”
“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 tweeted Monday morning.
Trump asks, ‘When will Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our country?’ https://t.co/ROJ82VBPti
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 15, 2019
Meanwhile, Graham cautioned the president to not get sidetracked by playing the game as Democrats do, but to “talk about what it means for America to have free health care for illegal immigrant and no criminalization of coming into the country – see how that works for controlling immigration.”
“Their ideas they’re anti-Semitic. They talk about the Israeli state as if a bunch of thugs, not victims of the entire region,” Graham said.
“They wanted to impeach Trump on day one. They’re socialists. They’re anti-Semitic. They stand for all the things that most Americans disagree with,” he added, urging Trump to “make them the face of the future of the Democratic Party. You will destroy the Democratic Party.”
“Mr. President, you’re right about their policies. You’re right about where they will take the country. Just aim higher,” Graham said, cautioning that the lawmakers “are American citizens. They won an election.”
“Don’t get personal. Don’t take the bait,” he added. “This is not about a person. It is about a country. It is about a set of ideas. They’re on the wrong side of the future.”