Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Talib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts this afternoon told members of the media that they will not fall for the president’s attempt to shift the discussion.
Earlier today, the US president said he was not concerned if people thought his tweets toward the congresswomen were racist and accused the U.S. lawmakers of hating America.
“As far as I’m concerned if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave,You can leave right now. I don’t know who’s going to miss ‘em” the president said about congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley at an event at the White House.
However, Representative Ayanna Pressley begged the press not to let the President and his racist comments distract from the real issues.the
“This is a disruptive distraction from the issues of care, concern and consequence to the American people,” she said.
“This is simply a disruption and a distraction from the callous, chaotic and corrupt culture of this administration, all the way down. We want to get down to the business of the American people and why we were sent here.”
WATCH: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: “The first note that I want to tell children across the country is that no matter what the president says, this country belongs to you. And it belongs to everyone. And today that very notion was challenged. This weekend that very notion was challenged.” pic.twitter.com/LhAAOVHnhr— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 15, 2019
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on President Trump's racist tweets: "Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy." pic.twitter.com/YHb3LKF9jd— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 15, 2019
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar suggested it was time to impeach President: “I have not made impeachment central to my election or my tenure,” she said. “But it’s not if he will be impeached, but when. It is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery of this country.”
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib joined in with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in calling for impeachment:
“Many members of Congress have called for his impeachment,” she said. “I urge House leadership, many of my colleagues, to take action to impeach.”
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