President Donald Trump on Sunday morning doubted the loyalty of the so-called “Squad”, saying they should apologize to the U.S. and Israel for their confrontational behavior.
He added that America will not be destroyed by “the horrible (hateful) things they have said.”
Trump tweeted, “I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!”
I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2019
The so-called “Squad” consists of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and are members of a group called the “Justice Democrats.”
At every point, they have continuously criticized Trump and articulated the ideology of socialism and the left while claiming to carry on the mantle of the civil rights movement.
Omar on Thursday night vowed she isn’t backing down from her criticism of President Trump, saying “We are going to continue being a nightmare to this president because his policies are a nightmare to us.”
President Trump responded to Omar on Friday by saying “I’m unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can hate our country. I’m unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can say anti-Semitic things.”
He added, “I’m unhappy when a congresswoman goes and said, ‘I’m going to be the president’s nightmare.’ She’s going to be ‘the president’s nightmare.’ She’s lucky to be where she is, let me tell you,” he continued. “And the things that she has said are a disgrace to our country.”
On Friday, President Trump said he doesn’t care whether his comments on the four congresswomen is good politics.
“I don’t know if it’s good or bad politically — I don’t care,” Trump told reporters before departing on Marine One. “When they call our country garbage, I don’t care about politics. I don’t care if it’s good or bad about politics. Many people say it’s good. I don’t know if it’s good or bad. I can tell you this: You can’t talk that way about our country, not when I’m the president.”
“I can’t say for sure — but certainly a lot of people say they hate our country. And I think it’s a disgrace what they’ve said. I think you can’t talk that way about the United States,” the president added.
He continued, “And then you have these people — I think that Omar — I find it hard to believe — but I hear Omar today put in, or yesterday put in a sanctions bill against Israel, and other things beyond sanctions. So, when I hear that, you just can’t talk about our country that way. And when people are angry at them, I fully understand them.”
All four were elected to the House of Representatives in last November’s mid-term elections.