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The House of Representative will vote to condemn President Trump after he tweeted a series of racial tweets towards 4 congresswomen women over the weekend.
….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
….it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
Even though no names were dropped, many believe the tweets were aimed at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Rep. Ilhan Omar, who have recently been named “The Squad.”
Each woman responded directly to Trump on Twitter.
A press conference was held on Monday by the 4 women. Each shared their own opinion on the matter, calling Trump’s tweets a distraction from the real issues like whats happening at the border with immigrates.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Republican lawmakers to “join” the Democrats in “condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets” and urged Democrats to support a resolution put forward by House Democratic lawmakers.
“The House cannot allow the President’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets,” Pelosi wrote in a Dear Colleague letter to House Democrats.
On Tuesday, Trump defended his tweets, saying they were not racist. He also told Republicans to not be “weak” in joining forces with the Democrats. Adding that if the women are not happy in the US, they could leave.
…..Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country. Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019
Learn more about the 4 women known as “The Squad”
- She is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Last year, she defeated 10-term incumbent former Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley.
- She was born and raised in the Bronx and represents New York’s 14th Congressional District, which includes the eastern Bronx and northern Queens.
- Her parents are working class Puerto Ricans.
- She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, introduced the Green New Deal Resolution to combat the climate crisis, called for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and has forcefully spoken out against conditions in migrant detention centers.
- Tlaib became the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress when she was elected in 2018.
- She represents Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, and was the first Muslim woman to serve in the Michigan state Legislature.
- Her parents are Palestinian immigrants
- Hours after being sworn into Congress, Tlaib grabbed headlines when she told the audience at a progressive event, “We’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf****r” in reference to Trump.
- She is the first black congresswoman to represent Massachusetts and serves the Boston-area 7th Congressional District, which was once represented by John F. Kennedy.
- Pressley has spoken publicly about her father being incarcerated for much of her childhood and how she is a rape survivor.
- Earlier this month, she spoke out about poor conditions for detained migrants and the growing humanitarian crisis on the southern border after touring Texas border facilities with other Democratic lawmakers.
- Omar is the first Somali-American member of Congress, and she and Tlaib are the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress.
- She came to the US as a refugee and became an American citizen in 2000 at the age of 17.
- Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.
- The congresswoman has been a vocal critic of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, calling its government the “apartheid Israeli regime” in a tweet.
Mr. President, the country I “come from,” & the country we all swear to, is the United States.
But given how you’ve destroyed our border with inhumane camps, all at a benefit to you & the corps who profit off them, you are absolutely right about the corruption laid at your feet. https://t.co/HLKQCotR8T
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 14, 2019
Yo @realDonaldTrump, I am fighting corruption in OUR country. I do it every day when I hold your admin accountable as a U.S. Congresswoman. Detroit taught me how to fight for the communities you continue to degrade & attack. Keep talking, you’ll be out of the WH soon. #TickTock
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 14, 2019
As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States.
Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen. https://t.co/FBygHa2QTt
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 14, 2019