Michelle Obama weighs in on Trump feud with ‘the squad’

Clay Curtis
July 21, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says President Donald Trump enjoyed hearing a crowd at his rally call for a U.S. congresswoman to return to the country where she was born. Before thousands of supporters in Greenville, Trump described Omar and the other three Democrats as "left-wing ideologues (who) see our nation as a force of evil". His comments marked a return to a pattern that has become familiar during controversies of his own making: Ignite a firestorm, backtrack from it, but then double down on his original, inflammatory position.

"Those are incredible people". They are incredible patriots.

Trump said Omar in particular is "lucky to be where she is, let me tell you, and the things that she has said are a disgrace to our country".

The post comes after Trump on Sunday suggested Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) and members of her "squad" - Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Ill.), Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) - should "go back" to their countries to fix their governments, adding, "you can't leave fast enough". The following day, the president expressed displeasure with the chant, saying he was "not happy" about it.

But on Friday, he made clear he was not disavowing the chant and again laced into Omar, the target of the chant.

"I disagree with it, by the way", Mr. Trump said.

At President Trump's North Carolina rally on Wednesday, the crowd chanted "Send her back!" about Ms Omar.

"She's gonna be the president's nightmare".

"We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president, because his policies are a nightmare to us", she said through a megaphone to the cheering crowd at the Minneapolis-St. We are not deterred.

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"The leader of the free world with a tweet can open a war, can crush an economy, can trade the advance forward for our young of us", she told Gayle King of CBS Recordsdata on the Essence Competition in Recent Orleans earlier this month. Paul International Airport as she returned from Washington.

"After much hand-wringing over what to call Trump's racism, some mainstream commenters moved on to pushing the notion that Trump's comments were not mere bigotry but evidence of a planned political calculus - an attempt to heighten the disagreements that Democratic lawmakers are reportedly having about political strategy".

Mr Trump has distanced himself from the chants.

Trump's double flip-flop was reminiscent of his response to the violent clash between white supremacists and anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.

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President Trump set off a political firestorm Sunday, tweeting of the foursome often critical of USA policy: "Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came".

On Friday, Ocasio-Cortez criticised Republicans who justified Trump's remarks. "This ugliness must end, or we risk our great union".

Omar on Thursday had said Trump was "spewing fascist ideology".

The president continues to argue that it's not OK for these congresswomen to criticize the country or his policies.

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