Trump Labels Congresswomen 'Racist Group of Troublemakers'

President Donald Trump continued to attack freshman lawmakers and called them a “racist group of troublemakers.”

Trump was reportedly traveling to pay his respects to the late Justice John Paul Stevens with First Lady Melania Trump when he wrote the following tweet on July 22, ABC News reported.

“The ‘Squad’ is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border… And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!” Trump tweeted.

The “squad” Trump referenced is New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley, and Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib. While meeting with Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Imran Khan, that same day at the White House, Trump continued to attack the congresswomen. “I think they're really bad for our country. They must hate our country,” Trump told reporters in front of Khan, according to ABC News. “I think they're very bad for our country. I think they're very bad for the Democrat Party. I think you see that, and they're pulling the Democrats way left.

“Nobody knows how to handle them. I feel they're easy to handle,” Trump continued. “To me they're easy to handle because they're just out there. They're very bad for our country, absolutely.”

Trump has previously criticized the four female lawmakers. On July 14, he wrote a tweet telling the women to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” Three of the women were born in the US, with the exception of Omar, a Somali refugee who came to the US when she was a child.

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all) now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Trump previously tweeted.

During a rally in Greenville, North Carolina on July 17, he singled out Omar and accused her of “having a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic remarks.” His comments about the Minnesota representative prompted the crowd to chant, “Send her back!

“Omar blamed the United States for the crisis in Venezuela. I mean, think of that one. And she looks down with contempt on the hard-working Americans saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country,” Trump said during the rally, ABC News previously reported. “And, obviously and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds.”

“When she talked about the evil Israel and it’s ‘all about the Benjamins’ — not a good thing to say. So that’s Omar, that’s Omar,” Trump continued.

In response to Trump’s rally and the hateful chants, Omar tweeted out a Maya Angelou poem. “You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise – Maya Angelou,” Omar wrote.

You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.

-Maya Angelou — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 18, 2019

His supporters have also made threats against the lawmakers. A Louisiana police officer suggested that Representative Ocasio-Cortez “needs a round.” In a screenshot of the Facebook post obtained by The Times-Picayune, officer Charlie Rispoli wrote on July 18 “this vile idiot needs a round…. and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,” referencing her former job as a bartender. The comment responded to a fake news story from the website with the headline “Ocasio-Cortez on the Budget: We Pay Soldiers Too Much.” Chief Arthur Lawson called the Facebook post by the officer "disturbing" and said it would “not go unchecked,” The Times-Picayune reported.

"I’m not going to take this lightly and this will be dealt with on our end. It’s not something we want someone that’s affiliated with our department to make these types of statements,” Lawson said. “That’s not going to happen." Rispoli and another officer were later fired on July 22.

In response to the threat, Ocasio-Cortez blamed Trump for his hate-filled language.

“This is Trump’s goal when he uses targeted language [and] threatens elected officials who don’t agree [with] his political agenda. It’s authoritarian behavior,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “The President is sowing violence. He’s creating an environment where people can get hurt [and] he claims plausible deniability.”

About the Author

Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.