- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Rep. Ralph Abraham, a Republican who is running for Louisiana governor, tweeted his support for President Trump’s criticism of four freshmen Democrats this week, saying he’d gladly pay for the congresswomen’s flights out of the country if they dislike it here so much.

“There’s no question that the members of Congress that [Mr. Trump] called out have absolutely said anti-American and anti-Semitic things,” Mr. Abraham tweeted Monday. “I’ll pay for their tickets out of this country if they just tell me where they’d rather be.”

Mr. Trump sparked outrage on Sunday after he declared that the “progressive Democratic congresswomen” who “loudly and viciously” criticize the country should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Mr. Trump was apparently talking about the group of leftist freshmen congresswomen dubbed “The Squad,” which includes Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. Ms. Omar, a Somali refugee, is the only member of the group who wasn’t born in the U.S.

Mr. Trump’s tweets have drawn bipartisan criticism, but the president has doubled and tripled down, declaring Tuesday morning that he doesn’t have “a racist bone” in his body and that Ms. Omar and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez “hate our country.”

“Our Country is Free, Beautiful and Very Successful. If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” the president wrote.

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