#TheSquad Claps Back at Trump’s ‘Go Back’ to Your Own Country Comments, Saying They Won’t Take the Bait


U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks as Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) listen during a press conference at the Capitol, July 15, 2019. Photo: Alex Wroblewski (Getty)

Congress’ Fab Freshmen squaded up against Donald Trump Monday,
calling his attacks on them racist click bait that wasn’t going to deter them
from working on the issues the people sent them to the House to solve — including
impeaching him if necessary.

The fabulous foursome, aka the Squad, aka the four progressive,
freshman congresswomen closely aligned in the House — Reps. Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and
Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — called a news conference to respond to racist attacks
Trump launched over the weekend during which he told them they can “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” if they didn’t like the direction of the nation under his administration.

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The fab four’s message to the nation? “Don’t take the bait.” 

“I encourage the American people … to not take the bait,” said
Pressley. “This is a disruptive distraction from the issues of care, concern and
consequence to the American people that we were sent here with a decisive
mandate from our constituents to work on; everything from reducing the cost of
prescription drugs to addressing our affordable housing crisis to ensuring the American
people have more than health insurance but health care.”

Omar, who, along with Tlaib, is among the first two Muslim
women to ever be elected to Congress, as well as the only one of the Squad to
have actually been born outside the U.S., said Trump is trafficking in racist
and bigoted attacks as a way to distract from his own wrongdoing.

“This is a president who has violated the very values our
country aspires to uphold: equality under the law, religious liberty, equal protection,
and protection from persecution,” Omar said. “And to distract from them, he’s launching
a blatantly racist attack on four duly elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives
— all of whom are women of color. This is the agenda of white nationalists.” 

She added: 

“We can either continue to enable this president and report on
the vial of garbage that comes out of his mouth, or we can hold him accountable to
his crimes.”

Agreed, said Tlaib, adding, “This is not the first, nor the last,
time we will hear bigoted language from this president.”

Perhaps Tlaib’s words were prescient as Trump, apparently hate watching live tweeting the fab four’s Monday afternoon presser, reiterated his vitriol in a tweet sent around the time the press conference began:

But lest anyone forget the power Congress holds in policing
a president, both Omar and Tlaib also directly called for Trump’s impeachment.

“I have not made impeachment central to my election or my
tenure,” said Omar, “but since the day I got elected, I’ve said to people that it
is not if he will be impeached, but when. So, it is time for us to stop
allowing this president to make a mockery of this Constitution. It’s time for
us to impeach this president.” 

Ocasio-Cortez did not speak of impeachment in her remarks,
but in directly addressing Trump’s attacks, the representative from New York’s
Bronx borough said: “We don’t leave what we love, we fix it.”

Bottom line when it comes to Trump, Ocasio-Cortez said in
response to a reporter’s question, is that he attacks because he has no valid

“Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in
order to avoid challenging and debating the policy,” she said. “This president
does not know how to make the argument that Americans do not deserve health
care. He does not know how to defend his policies so what he does is attack us personally.

“He can’t look a child in the face and he can’t look all Americans
in the face and justify why this country is throwing them in cages,” she
continued, referencing the migrant detainee crisis at the U.S. southern border.
“So, instead, he tells us that I should go back to the great borough of the Bronx
and make it better, and that’s what I’m here to do.”

Source: https://www.theroot.com/thesquad-claps-back-at-trump-s-go-back-to-your-own-c-1836395868


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