‘Apologize to America’, Trump Tells Democratic Congresswomen

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday stepped up his attacks on four liberal Democrats in Congress, all women of color who have criticized his policies, calling on them to apologize as he himself faced charges of racism.

“I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said,” Trump said in a Twitter post.

Trump ignited controversy last weekend when he tweeted that the Democratic congresswomen should “go back” to where they came from if they do not like the United States.

Three of the lawmakers – U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – were born in the United States. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota came as a refugee from Somalia and is a naturalized citizen.

The first-term congresswomen, known as “the squad,” have been highly critical of Trump and have also challenged their own Democratic leadership. Tlaib and Omar have been outspoken critics of Israel’s government.

U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, denounced Trump’s latest attack and said he had “no doubt” that Trump was a racist.

“These are folks and women who love their country and they work very hard and they want to move us toward that more perfect union that our founding fathers talked about,” Cummings, who is African-American, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“So when you disagree with the president, suddenly you’re a bad person. Our allegiance is not to the president. Our allegiance is to the Constitution of the United States of America and to the American people.”

The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday that said the House “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments.” The symbolic measure was aimed at shaming Trump and the Republicans who stood by him.

Unbowed, Trump launched a blistering critique of Omar during a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night, pausing when the crowd erupted into chants of “Send her back.”

After some fellow Republicans denounced that language, Trump said the next day he did not agree with the chants. On Friday, however, he defended the North Carolina crowd as “incredible patriots.”

Following Wednesday’s rally, Omar accused Trump of “spewing fascist ideology.” Ocasio-Cortez said he intentionally egged on the vitriol.

“Roll back the tape … He relished it. He took it in and he’s doing this intentionally,” she said on Saturday at a town hall meeting on immigration in New York.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said on Sunday Trump was “worse than a racist.”

“He is actually using racist tropes and racial language for political gain,” Booker said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Stephen Miller, Trump’s top immigration adviser, said the president made clear he disagreed with the “Send her back” chants.

“The core issue is that all the people in that audience, and millions of patriotic Americans all across this country are tired of being beat up, condescended to, looked down upon, talked down to by members of Congress on the left in Washington, D.C., and their allies in many quarters of the media,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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General Confusion
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“Nit-picking pettiness, not at all surprising. Do you deny Kenyan Barry used Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” as his training manual in his “community organizer” (pro-civil disobedience) classes? AND that Kenyan, Marxist Barry and Hillary were radicalized and followed Alinsky’s rules (and Karl Marx & Freidrich Engel’s “Communist Manifesto”) in BOTH their political careers?” James What nonsense. You want to equate civil disobedience with communism? Take a hike, Jack. You call me out for countering misinformation with truth when you try to call out any error made by others, even if they are NOT errors? Take a hike, Jack. While Hillary… Read more »

Michelle Kunert
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Michelle Kunert

Trump shouldn’t attack Democrats on things they can’t help such as their sex, race, or national origin, but on issues such as that Democrats are the socialist party whom support tax-payer supported abortions up to birth as “healthcare”

General Confusion
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You are confused MPit.

Telling people that you don’t like or don’t agree with to leave this country or to go back to where they came from is a well-known old trope used by racists and other ignorant people. You can see it used here on IJR quite frequently.

MPit
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Go back where you came from’ doesn’t necessarily mean back to where you have ancestry, but perhaps to where you were elected from.

He’s telling them they are not good representatives of America’s interests.

Cherl
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Just Confusion… unlike you I can admit an error. It was Fr Kaminski who took Obama to Chicago and hired him. The rest was all from Chicago Sun-Times.
Now answer my question. If you can.

General Confusion
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“If so much is given, what incentive is there to work for what you get?” Cherl

You are confused about what democratic socialism is. It is NOT communism, it is NOT socialism, it is NOT authoritarian, it is NOT Marxism-Leninism, but you would only know that if you educated yourself instead of following James into idiocy.

General Confusion
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“Alinsky hiring a young [Barack] Obama to work on Chicago’s South Side in the 1980s…” Cherl

Really? Really young considering Alinsky died when Obama was only 11 years old.

Cherl
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*General Confusion *. It is no surprise then that Michelle Obama plagiarized Alinsky’s work. And that Clinton included him in her thesis. And then this…..Alinsky hiring a young [Barack] Obama to work on Chicago’s South Side in the 1980s…. Alinsky impressed a young [Hillary] Clinton, who was growing up in Park Ridge at the time Alinsky was the director of the Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago.” —Chicago Sun-Times Copying Phyll, I have a question for you. If so much is given, what incentive is there to work for what you get? How does a society progress when so many have… Read more »

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