President Trump continued to stand his ground against the four progressive Democratic congresswomen tonight, railing against them individually and by name and painting them as the face of the Democratic party, a strategy he and aides believe will cast the party as a far left, radical group. The friendly crowd responded enthusiastically to his lengthy attacks.
Here’s what he said about each congresswoman:
Rep. Ilhan Omar
He launched with Rep. Ilhan Omar, who he alleged “smeared US servicemembers involved in Black Hawk Down,” “minimized the September 11 attacks,” and “laughed at Americans who speak of al Qaeda in a menacing tone.”
“Send her back,” the crowd repeatedly chanted, echoing the racist tropes of his tweets over the weekend.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib
He then went after Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who he said “agreed” with Omar’s characterization of September 11 and “used the F-word to describe the President.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
“Check out her scores,” Trump said, perhaps referring to poll numbers. He claimed she has “conducted outrageous attacks against the men and women of law enforcement.”
He referred to her as “Cortez,” because, “I don’t have time to go with three different names.”
He then recalled her comparison of detention centers on the US-Mexico border to concentration camps, noting that Vice President Mike Pence and reporters toured the facilities and claimed “they said, wow, these places are clean.” (Even Pence told CNN that the condition of the McAllen Border Patrol Station was “not” acceptable.) He said she told a “lie” that people at the facility she visited were drinking out of toilets. He also claimed that Ocasio-Cortez “described contemporary America – that’s me, that’s you – as garbage.”
“Remember deplorables?” he said to the crowd. “That sounds worse.”
Rep. Ayanna Pressley
“Is she related in any way to Elvis?” he quipped.
Pressley, he said, “thinks that people with the same skin color all need to think the same. She 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. She said we don’t need any more black faces that don’t want to be black voices.”
“Can you imagine if I said that? It would be over, right? It would be over,” he said.
The four congresswomen of color, he warned, “fuel the rise of a dangerous, violent hard left.”
“That’s why I said, hey, if they don’t like it, let them leave,” he said. “They don’t love our country. I think in some cases, they hate our country.”
He characterized the lawmakers as “so angry.”
“They were trying to be nice, but it’s hard,” he said.