The animosity between President Donald Trump and “the squad” of far-left members of Congress reached a new level Friday.
During an Oval Office event meant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Trump called out Democrat Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota after a reporter asked him to comment.
“I’m not happy with the fact that a congresswoman can say anti-Semitic things,” Trump said, referring to Omar. The liberal immigrant from Somalia was widely criticized over tweets that were seen as anti-Jewish.
“I’m unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman — in this case, a different congresswoman — can call our country and our people garbage,” the president continued. “That’s what I’m unhappy with.”
Although he didn’t call her out by name, Trump almost certainly was talking about Ocasio-Cortez. Several months ago, the youngest member of Congress implied that the current state of America was “garbage” during remarks in Texas.
“I think all of these things sound radical compared to where we are,” AOC said about her far-left proposals at that time. “But where we are is not a good thing.”
“This idea of 10 percent better from garbage shouldn’t be what we settle for,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “It feels like moderate is not a stance, it’s just an attitude toward life of like, ‘Meh.'”
In addition to slamming the two leftists for their comments, Trump also defended his supporters who chanted “send her back” in reference to Omar, who came to the United States from Somalia and is now facing credible allegations of possibly using a fake marriage to commit immigration fraud.
“Those people in North Carolina, that stadium was packed. It was a record crowd. And I could have filled it 10 times, as you know,” Trump said as Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin looked on. “Those are incredible people, those are incredible patriots.”
“But I’m unhappy when a congresswoman goes and says, ‘I’m gonna be the president’s nightmare.’ She’s going to be the president’s nightmare,” he said, echoing Omar’s words last week.
“She’s lucky to be where she is, let me tell you,” Trump continued. “And the things that she has said are a disgrace to our country.”
It’s the last comment that might capture the controversy the most succinctly. While the mudslinging between Trump and “the squad” has gotten ugly in recent days, the president might have his finger on the pulse of American sentiment once again.
Even though the establishment media are acting like it has a case of the vapors over the president’s comments, they may be hitting their intended mark. Trump has never been eloquent, but what he does well is capture the feelings of many Americans and echo how so many feel.
And no matter how you slice it, Ilhan Omar is lucky to be where she is. We all are.
Coming to America to build a better life — and then becoming a member of Congress — after escaping the violent slums of Mogadishu would give almost anyone else a sense of pride and thankfulness for the United States.
But Omar and AOC don’t come across as grateful. They don’t come across as proud or patriotic Americans. They repeatedly sound bitter that the country that made them household names isn’t perfectly modeled in their far-left image, all while offering laughable “solutions” and pointing fingers.
One side is pledging to make the country great, while the other side implies that America is “garbage.” We’ll know which attitude resonates with the people during the next election, but those on the left may find that “the squad” isn’t nearly as popular as they believe.
Truth and Accuracy
We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.