President Donald Trump, at a “Make America Great Again” campaign rally Wednesday night in Greenville, North Carolina, continued to blast four progressive congresswomen
“Tonight I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down,” Trump told the crowd in North Carolina, a swing state he won in 2016 and wants to claim again in 2020. “They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, ‘Hey if you don’t like it, let ‘em leave, let ‘em leave.’”
Trump added, “I think in some cases they hate our country.”
Trump’s saying were aimed at the self-described “squad” of four freshmen Democrats: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
At a rally Wednesday night in Greenville, North Carolina, Trump began by criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota as the crowd chanted, “Send her back!” Omar came to the United States as a refugee from Somalia when she was a child.
Trump said Omar “smeared U.S. service members in ‘Black Hawk Down.’ She slandered the brave Americans trying to keep peace in Somalia,” a dig at her Somali-American heritage.
Trump also said Omar blamed America for the economic crisis in Venezuela and refused to condemn Al Qaeda.
Trump mentioned Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
Trump said Tlaib “used the F-word to describe the presidency and your president.” He added, “That’s not nice, even for me. That’s not somebody who loves our country,” according to Fox News.
The president then took aim at Ocasio-Cortez, saying she inaccurately described the migrant holding facilities at the southern border as concentration camps.
Of Pressley, Trump said the congresswoman “thinks that people with the same skin color all need to think the same. She said, ‘we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be brown voices, we don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice,'” a reference to remarks she gave at a conference this past weekend. “Can you imagine if I said that?”
Trump on Sunday tweeted that the four should “go back” to their home countries because they were “spewing some of the most vile, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician.”
Before he left Washington, Trump said he has no regrets about his ongoing spat with the four. Trump told reporters he thinks he’s “winning the political argument” and “winning it by a lot.”
“If people want to leave our country, they can. If they don’t want to love our country, if they don’t want to fight for our country, they can,” Trump said. “I’ll never change on that.”
Vice President Mike Pence was first up after spending the day in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and visiting troops at Fort Bragg. “North Carolina and America needs four more years,” Pence said.
Pence added the truth is “jobs are back, confidence is back” and “America is back. He asserted Democratic Party is increasingly led “by left-wing liberals who ridicule this country.”
It was Trump’s sixth visit to the state as president and his first 2020 campaign event in North Carolina, where he defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“The campaign for America’s future continues tonight…North Carolina, you said yes to President Donald Trump in 2016, and I know you’ll say yes to President Donald Trump in 2020!”—@VP in NC. pic.twitter.com/Gvfih5nHK7
— GOP (@GOP) July 17, 2019
Includes reporting from the Associated Press.