- The Washington Times - Monday, July 15, 2019

Four liberal female Democratic lawmakers feuding with President Trump said Monday that Mr. Trump is trying to divide the nation and create a distraction by fostering racial hatred against them.

In a news conference at the Capitol, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota accused the president of “launching a blatantly racist attack” on the lawmakers by calling on them to “go back” to their home countries. Three of the four were born in the U.S.

Ms. Omar said Mr. Trump is pushing “the agenda of the white nationalists” and that his comments are racist because they are an attack only on “women of color.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts said Mr. Trump is trying to create a “disruptive distraction” from real issues such as affordable housing and health care.

“We are more than four people,” she said. “Our squad is big. We will not be silenced.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York said the country “belongs to everyone.”

“I am not surprised at what he’s doing,” she said. “We’ll stay focused on our agenda. All of this is a distraction.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said it won’t be the last time they hear “disgusting, bigoted language” from the president. She urged Congress to impeach him.

“We know this is who he is,” she said. “We remained focused on holding him accountable to the laws of this land.”

Asked specifically about Mr. Trump’s call to “go back” home, Ms. Omar said, “I know that every single Muslim who has lived in this country and across the world has heard that comment. And so I will not dignify it with an answer.”

She accused Mr. Trump of hypocrisy, saying his 2016 campaign was based on the theme that America wasn’t good enough.

“He talked about everything that was wrong in this country, and how he was going to make it great,” Ms. Omar said. “And so for him to condemn us and to say we are un-American for wanting to work hard to make this country be the country we all deserve to live in — complete hypocrisy.”

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said of the president, “Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy. He does not know how to defend his policies. So what he does is attack us personally.”

“Instead he tells us that I should go back to the great borough of the Bronx and make it better,” she quipped.

Mr. Trump tweeted during the lawmakers’ new conference, “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!”

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