Over the past week, President Donald Trump stirred up a national controversy by tweeting that some members of congress should “go back” to other countries to “fix” their problems. The tweet was considered racist by some because of the four members he referenced, only Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was born outside of the United States. The remaining three — Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — were born in the country and would have no country for which to “go back.”
During a heated interview on “Face the Nation,” host Margaret Brennen pressed Cheney on her response to the controversy. The congresswoman made it clear that she would not be backing down from criticizing the squad, no matter what anyone said about it. She claimed the congresswomen should have to “defend” their policy positions.
Watch Cheney’s comments:
“I don’t think the American people are gonna look to foreign leaders to tell us who should lead the nation. They’re not gonna look to foreign leaders to tell us whether or not we should be a socialist country. Thank goodness we won’t do that. We depend upon those people who are elected and I think that when you see the Democratic members of Congress standing up and saying that they want to — that we have concentration camps on our borders, that they want to provide free health care for illegal immigrants, that they want to end private health insurance, that they want to impose socialism on this country. They need to defend those policy positions.”
Cheney said the Republican House Conference — which she chairs — will do what it can to dissuade the American people on socialism.
“We are going to take every opportunity to make sure the American people — who are the ones that are gonna make this choice come November 2020 — recognize the fundamental choice that we’re all facing.”