Washington (QNN)- President Donald Trump continued his attack Monday on four female Democratic lawmakers of color, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, injecting Israel into the debate, after his call for them to “go back” to where they came from was met with outcries of racism by Democrats and pushback from several Republicans.
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. I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the U.S.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2019
Trump accused the three progressive congresswomen of “hating” the United States and Israel and loving terrorists and saying they should feel free to leave the country if they’re not happy here.
“These are people who in my opinion hate our country,” Trump said at a “Made in America” event outside the White House.
“All I’m saying is, if they’re not happy here, they can leave. There will be many people who will be happy,” Trump said.
Three of the four women Trump was apparently referencing were born in the U.S.; however none is white, despite he mentioned Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York by name.
Trump accused the freshman congresswoman of being somebody who “hates Israel” and “hates Jews, hates Jews. It’s very simple.”
“I mean, I look at the one, I look at Omar. I mean, I don’t know, I never met her, I hear the way she talks about al Qaeda,” Trump said. “Al Qaeda has killed many Americans. She said, ‘you can hold your chest out, you can, when I think of America, huh, when I think of al Qaeda, I can hold my chest out,'” he said.
It’s unclear what comments Trump was referring to, but some conservative news sites have made an issue out of a 2013 interview in which she said her college professor’s “shoulders went up” every time he mentioned al Qaeda in a class on terrorism.
Trump also referred to Omar’s remarks in March about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Muslim civil rights, in which she mistakenly said the Council on American-Islamic Relations was founded in response to the terrorist attacks, adding “because they recognized that some people did something” — a phrasing that some in conservative media have interpreted as a flippant reference to the attack.
“When she talked about the World Trade Center being knocked down — ‘some people.’ You remember the famous ‘some people’?” Trump asked. “These are people that, in my opinion, hate our country.”
The president singled out Ocasio-Cortez for helping scuttle Amazon’s plans to build a second headquarters in New York. “It’s really hurt New York,” he said. “That was a terrible thing she did.”
Trump’s tweets drew disgust from House Democrats, who called them racist and xenophobic. Even before Trump spoke, Pelosi, D-Calif., said a resolution would be introduced addressing the president’s “xenophobic” comments.
Asked about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusation that his comments about the congresswomen show that his true motives are to “make America white again,” Trump said, “That’s a very racist statement, I’m surprised she’d say that.”
Republicans largely remained silent on the issue. Representative Chip Roy, a Texas Republican, said on Twitter that Trump “was wrong” to make the remark. One of Trump’s key allies in Congress, GOP Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, offered his own advice to the president. “Mr. President you’re right about their policies, you’re right about where they’ll take the country. Just aim higher,” Graham said on Fox News.
Omar vowed after Trump’s remarks at the White House not to back down in the face of attacks by Trump and conservative media.
They are working to silence the voices of the people who see themselves represented in me. I will stay in the ring, fighting for what is right and will never back down in the face of these attacks.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 15, 2019
After Trump’s Monday morning tweets, Ocasio-Cortez hit back as well, tweeting that Trump’s language a day earlier was “hallmark language of white supremacists.”
“Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans,” she wrote.
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