Despite the swirling controversy about his Tweets which basically said to the Democratic progressive “Squad of Four” – America, love it or leave it – the President has not backed off one inch from his statements.
After his earlier Tweets, telling the group — which includes Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) –that they should “go back” to the countries that they came from, Trump “doubled down” on statements that some have called “racist,” tweeting, “So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, ‘RACIST.”
They Owe Me the Apology
Of course the President immediately drew outrage from Democratic Congressmen and other critics when he lashed out at the freshman Representatives, who have all sharply criticized Trump since before they took office in January. They also support impeachment proceedings against him, something that has angered him for months.
In his continued twitter storm directed at the so-called “Squad” he implied it was they who owed the country and him, the apology.
“When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said,” he tweeted Monday morning. “So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!”
The Four have not only raised Trump’s ire, as we have been reporting for days now in these pages, they have been in a war of words with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.
Nonetheless, however, Trump’s tweets on Sunday provided Democrats with an opportunity to show a united front, even if it is only temporarily.
Democrats across the spectrum, from Ocasio-Cortez’s fellow progressives to close Pelosi allies such as Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), denounced the President’s tweets, with Jeffries calling Trump a “racial arsonist.”
Trump waded into the intraparty dispute earlier in the week, telling reporters that he felt Ocasio-Cortez was being “disrespectful” to Pelosi.
Interestingly enough, Trump’s decision to attack the four freshman congresswomen comes amid his highest approval ratings since he took office. A Washington Post-ABC News survey put his approval rating at 47 percent; it had hovered around 40 percent for most of his term.
Thus far his so-called “racist” comments does not seem to have had any impact on those very strong numbers.