The four progressive congresswomen at the center of President Donald Trump’s racist tweet controversy tore into the president on Monday, ripping him on everything from his “inhumane” policies at the border to his “weak” mind and the “bile of garbage” that comes from his mouth.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib didn’t mince words as they confronted the president head on in the 20-minute press conference, their response coming after Trump has repeatedly disparaged the group since Sunday, starting with a tweet saying they should “go back” to where they came.
“Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy,” said Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). “He does not know how to defend his policies so what he does is attack us personally. That is what this is all about.”
The four lawmakers, all women of color, said it was obvious Trump’s tweets and further comments escalating his attack on them was meant to distract from the lengthy list of controversies that continue to envelop his administration, from the inhumane conditions of migrants being held at the border and mass deportation raids to continued fallout from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“This is simply a disruption and a distraction from the callous, chaotic and corrupt culture of this administration,” Pressley (D-Mass.) said. “I encourage the American people and all of us in this room and beyond to not take the bait.”
The only recourse, the quartet argued, was immediately beginning impeachment proceedings.
Trump ignited a firestorm on Sunday with his controversial tweets, implying that the four congresswomen were not Americans. Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib (D-Mich.) were all born in the United States. Omar emigrated to the U.S. as a Somalian refugee in the early 1990s and became a U.S. citizen at age 17 in 2000.
He wrote that the representatives should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”