Denouncing “the most recent xenophobic bigoted remarks from the occupant of the White House” – and stressing that “I will always refer to him as the occupant, because he is only occupying space” – Rep. Ayana Pressley (D-Mass.) urged Americans “to not take the bait” during the Monday press conference, calling Trump’s comments “a disruptive distraction from the issues of care, concern and consequence to the American people.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) had her own go at discredited anti-Trump talking points and hyperbole. After a ceremonial whack at the dead horse of Russian collusion, she claimed Trump “has equated neo-Nazis with those who protest against them in Charlottesville.” The only solution to Trump’s divisiveness, she declared, was impeachment – an opinion all four women appeared to share.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) slammed Trump for “challenging” her inspirational message to children “across this country: no matter what the president says, this country belongs to you.” Taking on Trump’s directive to “love it or leave it,” Ocasio-Cortez declared, “We don’t leave the things we love.” While admitting that “all of this is a distraction,” she nevertheless allowed herself to be distracted from the causes of universal healthcare and college education, neither of which got more than a few words from her despite the claim that they were her focus.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) declared she’d been sent to Washington by one of the poorest districts in the country to fight the “corporate assault and corruption” – but would instead focus on holding the Trump administration accountable for the “inhumane conditions at the border.”
Supporters of the “squad” set #RacistPresident and #ImpeachNow trending, enraptured by the “strong women” “leading the battle to preserve whatever soul this country has left.”
— Elizabeth Drescher (@edrescherphd) July 15, 2019
Trump supporters countered with their own hashtags, many dwelling on Omar’s refusal to explicitly condemn Al Qaeda when asked. Her reasoning for that was that it wasn’t worth dignifying with a response, since white people weren’t expected to explicitly condemn every white mass murderer.
Ilhan Omar, who characterized the 9/11 terror attacks as "some people did something" was given the opportunity to condemn Al Qaeda today and refused to do so
Why should that be a hard group to condemn?
Why does she still have a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 16, 2019
The word "No" doesn't take long to say https://t.co/jcWekncFYo
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 15, 2019
The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four “progressives,” but now they are forced to embrace them. That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2019
And Trump saw the all-consuming focus on the “progressives” as a victory, since it forced the rest of the Democratic party to come to their defense and shored up his own support within the Republican party to 94 percent – an all-time high.
(Source: Russia Today)