July 16, 2019

Ayanna Pressley says 'the squad' is more than four people...


Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, along with three other outspoken liberal congresswomen known as "the squad," addressed President Trump's recent tweets telling them to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."


Pressley offered a warning to those that work against them, saying, "We are more than four people ... our squad is big." 


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She further condemned the conditions faced by migrants at the southern U.S. border and called for complete the decriminalizing of unauthorized border crossings.


She also criticized the president's tweeting as a distraction from the "callous, chaotic, and corrupt culture" of the Trump administration.


The controversy erupted when Trump -- as always seeking to rouse his political base -- used one of the most basic racial tropes when he tweeted that the women, all of whom are US citizens, should "go back" to where they came from.


He refused to back down on Monday, in an episode that reflects his tendency to set groups of Americans against one another and his confidence that he will not lose the backing of the Republican Party he has reshaped in his image.  In a later tweet, the President spelled out a chilling message demeaning the patriotism of the four lawmakers, Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Presley of Massachusetts. Three of the group were born in the United States and all are US citizens.


"We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country," Trump wrote.  His comment did not take into account that the four lawmakers are American citizens elected to a body with the specific purpose of checking presidential power and policies. They suggested that the President does not share the principles of inclusion that the nation that he leads is supposedly built upon.


By refusing to back away from his attacks, Trump sought to make the squad the face of the Democratic Party in 2020. He is clearly hoping to use the group to carve divides between the Democrats and more moderate voters who might be troubled by the squad's left wing policies and his own interpretations of their radicalism.


But Pressley had a warning for the President on Monday, putting him on notice that the group was part of a much wider opposition front. 


"Our squad is big. Our squad includes any person committed to building a more equitable and just world," she said.



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