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Trump Goes After 4 Lawmakers Anew

President accuses them of 'vile' and 'hateful' comments
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2019 6:58 AM CDT
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks as, from left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., listen during a news conference at the Capitol in...   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The fallout over President Trump's volatile criticism of four female members of Congress apparently isn't going away soon. Trump himself continued the theme Tuesday morning on Twitter. "The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, & yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party," he wrote, referring to Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "Horrible anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro-terrorist & public shouting of the F...word, among many other terrible things, and the petrified Dems run for the hills," Trump added. "Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad!"

On Monday, the four lawmakers held a news conference in which Omar accused Trump of abiding by an "agenda of white nationalists," per New York. They spoke after Trump said they should "go back" to where they came from if they disliked the US, though three of the lawmakers were born in the US. Related:

  • Reframing: Politico reports that White House officials scrambled to "repackage" Trump's Sunday tweets into a broader message of patriotism. "President Trump loves this country [and] doesn’t like it when elected officials constantly disparage it,” said Tim Murtaugh, communications chief for Trump's reelection campaign. Trump himself hit that theme in his Monday news conference. “My point was if you are not happy here, you can leave,” read one of his bullet points. Another read: “They want America to be SOCIALIST."
  • Impeachment front: Axios reports that Trump's comments give Democrats another avenue to explore in regard to impeachment. Already, Democratic Rep. Al Green said he planned to introduce articles of impeachment over what he calls the president's bigotry. "This is not about obstruction," he said. "We can impeach this president for his bigotry in policy that is harming our society." The piece notes that Congress gets to define what amounts to "high crimes."
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