Trump Calls on Four Radical House Members to Apologize
In the latest salvo in a tit for tat Twitter war, President Donald Trump unloaded on a group of radical congresswomen, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, collectively known as “the Squad.” Newsmax explains:
“President Donald Trump Monday added more salvos to his Twitter attacks apparently aimed at four freshmen members of Congress, calling for them to apologize for their ‘foul language’ and ‘terrible things they have said’ a day after telling them to “go back” to the countries they “originally came from.”
“When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said,’ Trump tweeted. ‘So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions.”
“He followed up by saying, ‘if Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the U.S.”
The demand was made after the president offered a Tweet telling the members of AOC’s squad to “go back to where they came from.”
“The exchange began over the weekend when President Trump offered a pair of tweets attacking members of the Squad:
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……”
The president went on to tweet, “….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came? Then come back and show us how….”
He concluded by tweeting, “….it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
The social media firestorm was immediate and white-hot. Accusations of racism were the mildest of what was tweeted. Even some conservatives and Trump supporters wrung their hands and wondered if Trump had shot itself in the foot. Some pointed out that only one member of “the Squad,” Ilhan Omar was born in another country. Others wondered if Trump had managed to unite the Democrats which are engaged in a civil war between the left and the really far left.
To be sure there is a method in the president’s madness. Axios has gotten its hands on an internal Democratic poll that states that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the definitional face of the Democratic Party for swing voters.
The poll results are stunning. 74 percent of those surveyed recognized AOC. Just 22 percent have a favorable view of her. Ilhan Omar comes out even worse. 53 percent recognize the Somali born congresswoman. Just nine percent have a favorable opinion of her.
The poll explains why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to put AOC, Omar, and the rest of the “Squad” in their place. Republicans have been running against Pelosi for decades, with varying degrees of success. Pelosi must see the apocalypse directly in the face if Republicans start running against Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and the rest,
If Pelosi knows this, President Trump surely also knows this. So, he unloaded on them with a barrage of tweets. He is likely not impressed by accusations of racism and xenophobia. Democrats have been playing those cards for so long that they have lost their potency. Now, the Democrats have turned on one another with the same epithets that they used to reserve for Republicans.
Besides, a careful reading of what Trump tweeted does not, strictly speaking, suggest racism. He does not mention race. While he invites the four radical members of Congress to “go back where they came from” he also invited them to come back, presumably after they have solved the problems of Somalia, not to mention New York City where AOC comes from.
Ilhan Omar’s absurd claim that she loves America more than the native-born did not help the cause of the anti-Trumpers. The claim worked for Ayn Rand when she was accused of being a foreigner when she was campaigning for Wendell Willkie in the 1940 presidential election. She loved America. Omar has never offered any evidence that she does likewise.