By Bob Fredericks
The four freshman congresswomen targeted by President Donald Trump in a series of tweets and comments saying they should leave the country if they don’t like it retaliated Monday by decrying the commander-in-chief’s hardline border policies and history of racial controversies.
Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, all women of color, attacked Trump in a joint press conference.
“Right now the president is committing human rights abuses at the border, keeping children in cages, and having human beings drinking out of toilets,” said Omar, who called for Trump’s impeachment.
“This is a president who has said grab women by the p—y. This is a president who has called black athletes sons of b—–s. This is a president who calls people from black and brown countries sh–holes and this is a president who has equated neo-Nazis with those who protest against them in Charlottesville,” she said.
“And to distract from that, he’s launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly elected members of the United States House of Representatives, all of whom are women of color. This is the agenda of white nationalists.”
Pressley sounded a similar theme.
“We are grateful for your solidarity and your encouragement and support and in the face of the most recent xenophobic, bigoted remarks from the occupant of our White House,” Pressley said, directly addressing the nation.
She called Trump’s tweets and comments “a distraction” meant to takes people’s eyes off issues such as the president’s hardline immigration policies.
AOC said none of Trump’s tweets or statements came as a surprise to her.
“We’ll stay focused on our agenda, because all of this is a distraction from what’s most important,” she said, comments then echoed by Tlaib.
“I was elected to fight for the 13th Congressional District to fight … corruption,” she said, also calling for impeachment.
Earlier, a defiant Trump said Monday that the four freshman Democratic female lawmakers he’d targeted on Twitter hate the US, “might be communists” — and should either love America or leave it.
“These are people that hate our country. They hate our country. They hate it, I think, with a passion,” Trump said during a “Made in America” event on the White House lawn.
“Get a list of all of the statements they have made, and all I’m saying, that if they’re not happy here, they can leave. They can leave.”