Trump ‘biggest bully I’ve ever had to deal with’
WASHINGTON – Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Tuesday called President Donald Trump the “biggest bully” the congresswoman has faced in her life after he tweeted recently that she and three other Democratic congresswomen of color should “go back” to their countries.
Tlaib, D-Mich, explained that was her first thought when she saw Trump’s tweets, according to an interview with “CBS This Morning,” that featured all four members of “The Squad,” which also includes Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
“I’m dealing with the biggest bully I’ve ever had to deal with in my lifetime and trying to push back on that, and trying to do the job that we all have been sent here to do, which is centered around the people at home,” Tlaib, who is Palestinian American, said.
Three of the four freshmen lawmakers were born in the United States. Omar immigrated to the U.S. over 20 years ago from Somalia and is a naturalized citizen. Tlaib and Omar are the only two Muslim women in the House of Representatives.
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The interview with “The Squad” came before the House voted to condemn Trump’s tweets as racist. The House passed the resolution 240-187.
Over the weekend, Trump lashed out at the four Democratic congresswomen saying they should “go back” to fix the countries they “originally came from.” He doubled down on his remarks several times since and denies that his repeated comments and attacks are racist.
The Squad, however, on Monday afternoon held a press conference and denounced Trump’s comments as “racist,” “xenophobic,” and “bigoted.”
During the CBS interview, Tlaib once again said Trump’s remarks are a “distraction.”
Leading House Republicans have distanced themselves from Trump’s comments, but did not go as far as labeling them as racist.
Only four Republicans — Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan and retiring Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana — voted with Democrats on the resolution Tuesday. In addition, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who earlier this month left the Republican Party to become an independent, also voted in favor of the measure.
In the CBS sit-down, Ocasio-Cortez criticized Republicans for not denouncing Trump’s tweet by supporting the resolution more broadly.
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“No matter what their public statement, or what their public gesture or public discomfort, they could not bring themselves to have the basic human decency to vote against this statement this president made,” the New York Democrat said.
Tlaib added that with Republicans refusing to call Trump’s comments racist, they’re normalizing those remarks.
“The fact that it’s against our core American values. That they’re choosing him over country,” Tlaib said.
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