Monday, President Trump 2X’d down on his attacks against 4 US congresswomen dubbed the ‘the Squad‘ and dismissed concerns that his comments were racist.
Speaking at the White House, President Trump said people he described as critical of the United States should leave the country.
Those remarks followed his Twitter messages Sunday that said the Squad made up of 4 ultra-progressive left-wing lawmakers should go back to “the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
“If you are not happy in the US, if you are complaining all the time, very simply: You can leave,” he said, drawing applause from a crowd of business people.
Asked by reporters if he was concerned that some viewed his remarks as racist and that white supremacists found common cause with him, President Trump said, “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me.”
“These are people that hate our country,” President Trump said. “They hate our country. They hate it, I think, with a passion.”
President Trump did not identify the lawmakers by name in his Sunday Tweets, but he appeared to refer to US representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
All 4 have been critical of President Trump, as well as of the current Democratic leaders of the House, straining party unity in that chamber.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who has been criticized by members of “the Squad,” said her party would introduce a resolution condemning President Trump’s “xenophobic tweets.”
President Trump’s attacks elevated the profiles of the 4 ultra-progressive Marxist Dems, who have helped push the party’s agenda to the extreme left, causing concern among Democratic moderates who are eager to hold onto their seats in the 2020 Election.