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Ocasio-Cortez Rips Into Trump for Telling Congresswomen to "Go Back" Where They Came From
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48419"><span class="small">Justin Wise, The Hill</span></a>   
Sunday, 14 July 2019 12:59

Wise writes: "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Sunday decried President Trump for telling a group of progressive Democrats to go back to the "crime infested places" they come from, saying that his comments showed he couldn't conceive of a nation in which people like her were elected representatives."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (photo: AP)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (photo: AP)

Ocasio-Cortez Rips Into Trump for Telling Congresswomen to "Go Back" Where They Came From

By Justin Wise, The Hill

14 July 19


ep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Sunday decried President Trump for telling a group of progressive Democrats to go back to the "crime infested places" they come from, saying that his comments showed he couldn't conceive of a nation in which people like her were elected representatives.

"Mr. President, the country I 'come from,' & the country we all swear to, is the United States," the first-term lawmaker said in a string of tweets.

"But given how you’ve destroyed our border with inhumane camps, all at a benefit to you & the corps who profit off them, you are absolutely right about the corruption laid at your feet."

The criticism from Ocasio-Cortez came shortly after Trump targeted a group of progressive congresswomen, saying that they should go back to the places they "originally came from" before speaking out about how the United States government should be run.

Trump also claimed that the lawmakers came from countries "whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe."

"Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done," Trump said in a string of early morning tweets. "These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough."

Trump did not identify the lawmakers. But the remarks came amid a week of escalating tension between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a group of four freshman House Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).

Omar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, before coming to the U.S. as a refugee with her family. Pressley was born in Cincinnati, while Tlaib was born in Detroit. Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York. They are all U.S. citizens.

Ocasio-Cortez said that Trump's remarks displayed that he didn't "believe in America" where women like her, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley are in Congress.

"You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder," she said. "You won’t accept a nation that sees healthcare as a right or education as a #1 priority, especially where we’re the ones fighting for it."

Ocasio-Cortez later added that "on top of not accepting an America that elected us, [Trump] cannot accept that we don’t fear you, either."

"You can’t accept that we will call your bluff & offer a positive vision for this country. And that’s what makes you seethe," she said.

Several Democratic lawmakers denounced Trump's remarks on Sunday. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-N.Y.) called the comments "xenophobic," arguing that Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan is really about "making America white again."

Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), who recently left the GOP to become an Independent, called the comments "racist and disgusting."

Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly criticized Trump and his administration. Earlier this year, the congresswomen compared the administration's migrant detention facilities to concentration camps. She said that the U.S. was heading in a fascist direction after visiting migrant detention facilities managed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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+12 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-14 18:19
Trump is just giving AOC all the publicity and news coverage that she could buy for all the money in the world. The elite media hate her policies and hate who she is, but they will defend her when it comes to attacks from Trump.

Go AOC. Make the most of it. You have the right message and you are using your current star status brilliantly.
+5 # Liebermania 2019-07-14 22:46
+1 # DongiC 2019-07-15 00:55
The big, bad bully is trying to scare you, AOC. Ignore him like you have always done. Hit him back with your wit and intelligence and watch his bluster subside, that is, if he doesn't run for cover.
+4 # janie1893 2019-07-15 01:08
When he opens his mouth he swallows his foot.
0 # tedrey 2019-07-15 14:33
...and then shoots himself through his foot while it's in his mouth.
+2 # librarian1984 2019-07-15 06:45
Note how Trump and Pelosi have found a common enemy.

Pelosi attacks progressive Democrats more than she attacks Trump. Who thinksthat'soka y? But the press constantly reports it as the 'Squad' being the problem, as if their constituents don't deserve a voice, as if there's no room for debate or dissent... just sit down,shut up and do as we're told.

We also hear that here on rsn. How has that been working out for the citizens,the party and the country?
+1 # tedrey 2019-07-15 07:01
What a jerk!
+4 # Skeeziks 2019-07-15 08:51
Trump sees no future for us with people who see better human venues and who realize what humanity is faced with by just being here on Earth. Selfishness is his prime reason for being alive. No one else deserves life other than him.
+5 # Rcomm 2019-07-15 09:18
I have watched my party, dems, do nothing for far too long,

These new lawmakers are a breath of fresh air. Perhaps their ideas will not become laws but if even a part of them do, it will be a good thing for our country.
+2 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-07-15 10:33
What does it say about the USA that it elected Trump. AOC in 2024.
0 # tedrey 2019-07-15 14:36
I't's quite possible to love one's country while despising and distrusting its president.

Let's get back to the issues.
0 # MikeAF48 2019-07-16 08:01
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez I watched you in a interview as you sat at your Father's bed as he passed "Alexandria go forward and make me proud." Those words coming from your Father shows the strength and confidence and the humanitarian drive for FREEDOM for all Americans and those that will become Americans. The slander coming from the mouth of President Donald Trump is not America. We will do better than this. Thank You.
0 # Wise woman 2019-07-16 12:58
Unfortunately, AOC will still not be old enough in 2024 to run for president. Gotta wait till 2028 :)!
0 # MikeAF48 2019-07-16 13:02
Posing with a attitude and verbally denouncing U. S. Senators because of there color/race male or female, is not what our Democracy is made of. Deposing of this President is in order.