With the media so heavily invested in the story, President Donald Trump fired yet another salvo at the “squad” of four radical freshman Democrats on Monday as the dust-up between the two sides enters its second week.
Talking to Twitter late Monday morning, Trump lambasted Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., as a “very racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart.”
Calling attention to the four lawmakers voting against a bill that provided funding for the crisis on the border, he said not only are the progressive women pulling the Democratic Party to the left, they are “so bad for our country.”
“The ‘Squad’ is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border…And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!” the president tweeted.
The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border…And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2019
As for the “racist” charge, the group falls back on being “women of color” every time they are criticized, even when it involves spats with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Monday’s tweet was apparently fired from The Beast, as the presidential limousine is often called.
The president and first lady Melania Trump had just left the White House to travel to the Supreme Court to pay respects to the late Justice John Paul Stevens, according to Politico.
While Trump doesn’t strike you as a person who relies on polls, the fact that he is still beating this drum in regard to the “squad’s” contempt for America must be a sign that the battle is polling in his favor.
A NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll taken last week at the height of Trump sparring with the squad, July 15-17, Trump had his best numbers since taking office — the poll reflected a 44% approval rating.
The president has succeeded in making the four radicals the face of the Democratic Party at a time when Speaker Pelosi was working to minimize their influence, and it’s beginning to look as if Trump could be shaping the 2020 election to be a question of whether or not you love America.
Monday’s tweet comes after a barrage on Sunday, when Trump called the women “weak [and] insecure people” who are incapable of “loving our country.”
Not only did he double down on exposing the Democratic congresswomen, he said “they should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said.”
Democrats’ only defense has been to play the race card, as seen in a tweet Saturday from Omar, but it seems Americans are not looking at the issue through the lens of color.
Omar tweeted a far-reaching, nonsensical claim “that this racist president wants every black/brown person deported and Muslims banned.”
One of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, Omar was thrust into the limelight over the squad’s ringleader, Ocasio-Cortez, who seems to have shrunk from the battlefield. As a Somali refugee, Omar is the only member born outside the U.S., and Trump’s tweet last Sunday suggesting they “go back” where they came from put her center stage.
At a Trump rally last week, the crowd began chanting “Send her back!”
This resulted in “conjured-up outrage” from the media, as described by Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, even though the president later said that he was not happy with the message being chanted.
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