Unbowed, Trump Intensifies Attacks on Four Democratic Congresswomen

President Donald Trump stepped up his vilification of four liberal lawmakers as un-American at a raucous rally on Wednesday, underscoring that the attacks will form a key part of his strategy for winning re-election in 2020.

Despite criticism from Democrats that his comments about the four minority congresswomen are racist, Trump went on an extended diatribe about the lawmakers, saying they were welcome to leave the country if they did not like his policies on issues such as immigration and defending Israel.

“So these Congresswomen, their comments are helping to fuel the rise of a dangerous, militant hard left,” the Republican president said to roars from the crowd in North Carolina, a state seen as key to his re-election.

Trump tweeted over the weekend that the four progressive representatives, known as “the squad” – Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts – should “go back” where they came from, even though all are U.S. citizens and three are U.S.-born.

The aim, one source close to Trump said, was to make Democrats look as far left as possible to moderate voters as he girds for a tough re-election battle in November 2020.

“He is trying to make them the face of the Democratic Party as we move closer into the 2020 cycle and he’s trying to highlight them as a fringe crowd as much as possible so it turns off your middle-of-the-road voters,” the source said.

As Trump recounted past comments by Omar, who was born in Somalia and emigrated to the United States as a child, the crowd began chanting: “Send her back!”

“Tonight I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down. They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say: ‘Hey, if they don’t like it, let them leave. Let them leave,'” Trump said.

Trump spent about a fifth of his freewheeling 90-minute-long speech criticizing the four lawmakers, to enthusiastic crowd response.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination, weighed in against Trump’s remarks via Twitter.

“These members of Congress – children of immigrants, just like so many of us – are an example of exactly what makes America great,” Biden said on the social network.

Trump also derided Biden in his remarks and skewered other Democrats vying to be the party’s 2020 candidate.

He repeated his frequent reference to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas,” a dig about a controversy over her heritage that Warren and Native American groups have complained is racist.

WINNING TACTIC?

Trump’s Twitter attacks initially caused some heartburn for advisers who felt he had gone too far.

But two said Trump had since offered a contrasting view, that the political views of the four lawmakers were socialist, out of the mainstream and hateful to their home country, versus those of the president and his flag-waving rhetoric.

“If the American people have to choose between the squad and the president, then that’s an easy decision,” one adviser said.

Trump, who during his 2016 campaign voiced harsh assessments of the state of the country, tweeted a video ahead of the rally that featured patriotic scenes of the president meeting Americans, with frequent images of the American flag. It ended with the slogan: “America – One Squad Under God.”

“Democrats are now the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, intolerance and division. The Republican Party is the party for all Americans and American values,” he said in North Carolina.

The tactic follows a well-worn path for Trump, who called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States during his 2016 campaign. His proposal drew widespread criticism, but Republicans overwhelmingly supported it, and it was a factor in his victory.

Over the weekend, Trump inserted himself into what had been an internecine Democratic Party fight pitting Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley against House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

He first defended Pelosi, then attacked the four. That prompted Pelosi to defend her flock, prompting Trump and other Republicans to argue the Democratic Party had shifted to the left.

The Democratic-controlled House voted on Tuesday largely along party lines to formally condemn Trump’s remarks as “racist.”

Trump’s attacks had a spur-of-the-moment quality around which the Republican Party later built a strategy.

The tactic had worked, said Barry Bennett, who advised Trump’s 2016 campaign. “The Democratic Party last week was trying to distance itself from the squad, and this week they’re hugging them, and that is a massive win for Trump.”

But not all Republicans were comfortable.

“I’m disappointed in the tweets,” said Steve Duprey, a member of the Republican National Committee from New Hampshire.

“I know the president is subject to lots of attacks, but he should always try to turn the other cheek and take the high road,” Duprey said.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason in Greenville, North Carolina and and Steve Holland in Washington; Additional reporting by Eric Beech, Roberta Rampton and Makini Brice; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Peter Cooney)

Responses

  1. How lame brain does one need to be to believe 2 women with approval ratings of 9% would be representative of the views of the the entire Democrat Party??? I am guessing the same degree as believing a long and short form Hawaiian birth certificate wasn’t evidence of birth in Hawaii. PLEASE Make America SANE Again.

  2. Unbowed? I actually think that the only way he would be “bowed” if some woman of his “type” would be proud to be screwed (I really don’t want to say the word “raped”)

  3. Has he actually said their names? Or did they just volunteer?

  4. “The Squad” is anti-American in all things. That’s not what their constituents are paying them for. They belong in Prison!

    1. In prison FOR WHAT? This is the United States of America, not Russia. No one suggested jailing Trump when he campaigned across the country claiming America wasn’t GREAT! No one suggested jailing Trump when he claimed America does horrible things too—in response to why he praises Putin, a known brutal dictator. So WHY would you & 5 IJR votes claim 4 U.S. Representatives with whom you have policy differences should be in prison?

  5. I think…that anyone with even half a brsin can see that the Socialist Democrat Party has decided they can shut down ANY policy commentary from their conservative opposition by calling their commentary “racist”. If you cannot defend yoursrlf or your position, just call your opponent a racist, and they willshut up. Woked fairly well…and then came TRUMP. Poor idiots STILL don’t know what hit them ?????

  6. In case anyone believed Reuters an actual news source: notice how they continue the Muslim ban lie. A better, more professional source would have said what it was. A ban on persons from certain countries that are hot beds of terrorism.

  7. Even a Dim congress critter has described Trump’s attacks on The Squadettes as “brilliant”. Accidental or not, it pointed out how close the Dim policies are to those of The Squad–bad for America, bad for its citizens, and coming for your money.

  8. “Attacks”? “Vilifies”? Are you serious? That’s all these 4 have done since they got in Office..personally, I would’ve said something much sooner than he did.

  9. Pelosi had just begun to get her party back in order. Three Trump tweets later they are back at each other’s throats. Many in middle America are thinking the Democrats are insanely dangerous. And Trump is smiling like the Cheshire cat watching it. Somewhere in his schooling he must have read The Prince and thought hey somebody hold my coke

    1. As someone who found it necessary to leave the Republican Party after 30 yrs, I assure you that most middle Americans perceive the R party even more bonkers than the far left fringe. When “dangerous” comes to mind, I think Cesar Sayoc, Robert Bowers, James Fields, Jr, Dylann Roof. They were not D’s.

  10. Personally I’m so sick of the 4 idiots and those who stand with them of the 24/7 insults to our great President Mr Trump. They would never put up with these daily insults to a democrat. That party has become crazy, when you burn the USA FLAG then raise the Mexican flag in Colorado they’ve went way to far.

  11. The President is merely reflecting what the great majority of Americans are saying when they hear the perfidious remarks expressed by these opposition (to America) congresswomen.
    Congress condemns.
    The nation condones.

  12. This shows that Trump truly knows what is best for our nation, and right now it is not the demoncrats and there so-called platform, these 4 children are only in it for themselves because their constituents aren’t happy with them!!! Keep America Great!!!

  13. We all make choices in life and Pelosi made the wrong one. She showed herself as weak and this crazy quartet will continue to push her further left along with her party.

  14. Few seem to want to admit the former “Democratic”: Party has morphed into being a Socialist/Communist dominated Party trying to be guided by AOC who is herself a Marxist. Pelosi only shows up to collect her paycheck as a do-nothing figure head of that Party of Perennial Losers.

  15. It was admirable the way patriot Constitutional Republic loving conservatives reacted to the lone mentally disturbed protester at the rally; had we reacted the way these ‘fascists ‘ do he would have been pulverized in two minutes.

  16. Forget about political correctness or other social issues;;;;;;;;what he is saying is correct;’if you don’t love this great country then LEAVE.’

  17. President Trump is playing the Democrats like a fiddle. They are so infected by TDS that they keep falling into his trap.

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