A man of many words, Kennedy went after the squad during a Tuesday interview on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” when he was asked for his thoughts on the recent tweets from President Donald Trump that started a public spat between him and Democratic congresswomen.
As IJR News previously reported, the president published tweets on Sunday telling a group of progressive congresswomen — appearing to refer to Ocasio-Cortez, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — to “go back” to their home countries and “fix” them.
Kennedy said he was reluctant to “contribute to this freak show” and that he did not believe Trump nor his “original tweet” was “racist,” adding that he believes the president made a “poor choice of words” with the tweets.
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He continued on to say that he did not believe Trump “should exchange playground insults” with the squad and that “when you argue with the fool, that proves there are two,” before torching the four congresswomen as thinking “America was wicked in its origins.”
Kennedy then brought down the hammer on the group, saying they “are entitled to their opinion” as Americans, just as he is, and clocking them as “the reason” shampoo bottles have instructions on them.
“They are entitled to their opinion. They are Americans. But I’m entitled to my opinion, and I just think they are left-wing cranks and they are the reason that there are directions on a shampoo bottle,” Kennedy quipped.
“I think we should ignore them,” the Louisiana Republican added.
The president also tweeted out Kennedy’s remarks early Wednesday morning.
…opinion, they’re Americans. Now I’m entitled to my opinion, & I just think they’re left wing cranks. They’re the reason there are directions on a shampoo bottle, & we should ignore them. The “squad” has moved the Democrat Party substantially LEFT, and…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2019
Kennedy’s comments came as multiple lawmakers from across the aisle spoke out against Trump’s tweets.
“No matter our political disagreements, aiming for the lowest common denominator will only divide our nation further,” wrote Scott in a press release.