Trump Relished Rally Chant, Ocasio-Cortez Tells Constituents in Queens

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during an Immigration Town Hall at The Nancy DeBenedittis Public School in Queens, New York, U.S. July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Gabriella Angotti-Jones
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during an Immigration Town Hall at The Nancy DeBenedittis Public School in Queens, New York, U.S. July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Gabriella Angotti-Jones

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Saturday that President Donald Trump relished a chant by the crowd at a campaign rally this week that called for a Democratic congresswoman to be sent back where she came from.

Trump renewed his criticism of four minority women lawmakers on Friday, saying that they had said horrible things about the United States, and defended himself from criticism over his comment that they should leave the United States if unhappy.

A day after saying his audience in North Carolina went too far when they chanted “Send her back!” about Somalia-born Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, on Friday he defended the crowd members as “incredible patriots.”

Appearing before her constituents in New York City for the first time since the latest flare-up between Trump and the four Democratic congresswomen, Ocasio-Cortez rejected the president’s statement that he had tried to quiet the crowd, saying he had egged them on instead.

“Roll back the tape … He relished it. He took it in and he’s doing this intentionally,” the freshman U.S. lawmaker told about 200 constituents gathered for a town hall meeting on immigration at a school in the Corona section of Queens.

Video of the crowd in North Carolina shouting “Send her back!” shows Trump pausing his speech and looking around the arena for about ten seconds.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The president’s attacks on the four congresswomen – known on Capitol Hill as “the squad” – have been condemned by Democrats as racist, while many Republicans have shrugged them off.

Last weekend Trump ignited a firestorm by tweeting the four should “go back” to where they came from if they do not like the United States.

All four are American citizens. Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan were born in the United States while Omar came as a refugee from Somalia and is a naturalized citizen.

All four are known as sharp critics of Trump’s policies as well as the Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ocasio-Cortez said the president’s comments had been hurtful, but “men like him” have been telling women like her to go back to their own country for a long time.

“We’re gonna stay right here,” she said to applause “That’s where we’re gonna go,” she said. “We’re not going anywhere.”

(Reporting by Matthew Lavietes; Editing by Daniel Wallis and G Crosse)

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Millie Tyler
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Very little if anything AOC says is truthful. Claiming she knows what President Trump was thinking? That’s just her overactive evil imagination.

James
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>Screwtape< Because IJR is asleep.

Very few on the Left want to even hear that AOC is a Marxist. It is known she is a card carrying member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA); America's LARGEST Marxist organization. The DSA has also been referred to as a Communist organization which should explain to even the most ignorant among us what her agenda is.

Have never heard if Barry Soetoro was a member of the DSA; but would not be surprised to learn he's a charter member.

James
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Somewhere I read the four are being called the “Commie Quad Squad”. Very appropriate for these four who hate America and Israel and most likely cannot spell patriotism or know what “Defend the Constitution” means.

Otis
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“Is it too late to go back?
Is it too late to go?”—Queens of the Stone Age
AOC, it’s not too late to give up and quit, but yet it is.
However, I’ll take a shot of Bourbon with a beer chaser…better yet, you know, a Boilermaker.
Enjoy your limelight because this may be your last ‘inspiring’ role on the national stage.
Drop a depth charge and take the Odd Squad with you.

Screwtape
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Another lie from the Queen B of the Bobbleheads. Trump never mentioned your names or your races (except human). You’ and the media read it to fit your narrative.

She’s just jealous because she can’t get that kind of enthusiasm. She wouldn’t know what to do with it if she did.

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