Her press conference was an extraordinary moment in the post-Civil Rights era when a new generation of young political leaders – elected in response to Trump's victory in 2016 in 2018 – began publicly to confront Washington's oldest curse of political racism.
"I would like to tell children in this country that, no matter what the President says, this land belongs to you and to all," said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez MP from New York. The controversy erupted as Trump tried, as always to sharpen his political base – used one of the most basic racial tropes when he tweeted that the women, who are all US citizens, should "go back to where they came from."
He refused to resign on Monday, in an episode reflecting his tendency to play off groups of Americans against one another, and his confidence that he will not lose the backing of the Republican Party, which he has reshaped in his image. [1
The Monday collision brewed for days together. The four members of Congress were among the most vehement critics of Trump's border policy, and several of them visited facilities for undocumented migrants and emotionally condemned the president.
The party runs the risk of being hit for years by Trump's racial strategies that could do so for years
Trump has clearly signaled on Monday that he will use race and the spirits who are soaked in blood Politics he calls as an anchor of his re-election offer. A conscious decision to uncover divisions that most leaders have been trying to stifle for decades is a bold and shocking bet that points to dark political months of career – when he launched his campaign in 2016 with a tirade against Mexicans and neo-Nazis. Protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia defended.
In all three cases, Trump made conscious decisions to seize the racial sensitivity to the exploitation of national society and then doubling them to strengthen his own political position.
His expansion of his attacks on the "squad" known liberal quartet on Monday was clearly calculated. He spoke behind a podium with the president's seal and typed remarks made with a black felt-tip pen. Two saluting Marines stood by when Trump claimed that critics like those in the "troop" that hated America should go if they dislike it and are communists.
Asked if he was worried that tweets would comfort the white Supremacist Sunday, Trump refused to back down.
"These are people who, in my opinion, hate our country … and everything I say, if they are not happy here, they can go," he said.
Trump created his moment in the White House in the race with the windows of the Lincoln bedroom, in which the 16th President read the emancipation statement first to his cabinet over the left shoulder. One floor above him was the Ostraum, where in 1964 President Lyndon Johnson vowed to "close the sources of racial poison" when he signed the Civil Rights Act.
"We will never be a socialist or communist country, IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE YOU CAN LEAVE! It's Your Choice and Your Choice Alone, This is Love for America, Certain People HATE Our Country," Trump wrote.
His commentary did not take into account that the four legislators are American citizens elected to a panel to review the President's power and policies. They suggested that the president should not share the principles of inclusion on which the nation he leads should supposedly build.
Trump refused to withdraw from his attacks and tried to make the troupe the face of the Democratic Party in 2020. He apparently hopes that this group will achieve a split between democrats and moderate voters who may be affected by left-wing politics and their own interpretations of their radicalism.
But Pressley had a warning to the president on Monday. He pointed out that the group was part of a much broader opposition front.
"Our squad is big, our squad is made up of people who are committed to building a fairer, more just world," she said.
Before the recent controversy, the Quartet Ocasio-Cortez has already emerged as a GOP target because of her radical left-wing politics with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, have come into conflict. Omar was at the center of a previous storm over anti-Semitic statements. Several group members have taken up foreign policy positions that are outside the mainstream of many congressional opinions (though Trump has done so).
"If the Democrats want to wrap their bows around this group of four …" Trump said, giving an insight into a general election strategy that seeks to tie the later Democratic candidate to the most radical elements of his party.
Trump's racist politics and his scorched-earth rhetoric were crucial to his 2016 electoral victory.
It is unclear if Trump's grassroots strategy will succeed in 2020. Some Republicans condemned Trump's tweets, including Rep. Will Hurd, who has one of the most competitive districts in Texas and told CNN's Christiane Amanpour, said the President's tweets were "racist and xenophobic." They're also inaccurate. "
But other Republicans were under pressure to be asked to weigh Trump's feelings while preserving their ability to replay the troupe – one of the best of the GOP's political goals.
"I do not think the president is a racist," said Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-North Dakota to CNN.
"I think it was a very unfortunate decision ds. But I also understand his disappointment with their anti-American, anti-Semitic hatred that some of them are spitting on."
Trump's most dedicated followers, such as Kevin McCarthy, leader of the GOP Minority of the House said the real problem was "really a kind of" socialist struggle against something we believe in America.
But even McCarthy disagreed with the President's suggestion that Omar, a Somali-born US citizen, and her colleagues "return" where they came from.
"They are Americans. Nobody believes anyone should leave the country, "he said.
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In solidarity, the troupe appeared on television themselves late in the afternoon of Monday.
Pressley condemned the "Xenophobia" and "bigoted" words by Trump, whom she would only refer to as the "inhabitant of our White House."
"It occupies only space, it does not embody the grace, the empathy, the compassion, the integrity that this However, it also showed an awareness of the political momentum and Trump's desire to exploit every disciplinary and radical behavior of her group for political ends.
"I encourage that American people and all of us in this room and beyond not taking the bait, "she said.
Tlaib warned that Trump's racist attacks partially abated to attract the attention of Americans from the border crisis.
"We Can not All Disturb The President's vile acts should distract us from the critical work of holding this government accountable for the inhumane conditions at the border, separating children from their loved ones, and imprisoning them under illegal, terrible conditions." Tlaib said.
] The performance of the four women was powerful and carefully aligned with American principles and values, with a focus on education, healthcare, and affordable housing. It also gave the president the pictures he hoped for.
The sight of four colored women – in positions of power, two of which are Muslim – offered a picture of diversity and inclusion, but, in contrast, the vision of a native white America, Trump implicitly implements "Make America Great Again" followers. sold.
Omar, perhaps Trump's most visible target, called Martin Luther King Jr. to warn that "the eyes of history" was watching us.
She also used Trump's own words and some attributed to him in news reports to sentence him.
"This is a president who said grab women by the pussy. This is a president who called This is a president who has called people from black and brown countries. This is a president who equated neo-Nazis with those who protest against them in Charlottesville, "said Omar.