Ilhan Omar slammed Donald Trump as ‘the worst president we’ve had,’ telling liberal MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that the ‘squad’ would hold him accountable.
‘He is corrupt. He is the worst president we’ve had. He is inept and we are going to call him out for it, and we’re going to hold him accountable,’ the Minnesota Democrat said on MSNBC Monday night.
‘It’s about time that we start the process and impeach this president,’ she added.
Ilhan Omar slammed Donald Trump to liberal MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, calling him ‘the worst president we’ve had’
Omar is a frequent target of President Trump’s wrath
Omar told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow it was time to impeach the president
Omar, a frequent target of Trump’s Twitter ire, let loose on the president after she and her fellow ‘squad’ members – Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley – returned his fire at a Capitol Hill press conference.
‘We’re not going to allow him to continue his throwing of the vile of garbage that constantly comes out of his mouth that allows for the media to be distracted truly from delivering the kind of inside investigation into the lawlessness that is of his administration, the constant human rights violations, the policies that are detrimental to our existence in this country, and the harm that he is causing on a daily basis to our Constitution and the existence of our country,’ she said.
Her words echoed her call earlier in the day when she said it was time to impeach the president.
‘We can either continue to enable this president and report on the bile of garbage that comes out of his mouth,’ Omar said during the squad’s press conference on Capitol Hill, ‘or we can hold him accountable for his crimes. It is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery out of our constitution. It is time for us to impeach this president.’
‘This is the agenda of white nationalist,’ she charged. ‘He would love nothing more than to divide our country based on race, religion, gender orientation or immigration status, because this is the only way he knows he can prevent the solidarity of us working together across all of our differences.’
Democrats are fighting back as Trump has doubled down.
The president insisted on Tuesday there is not a ‘racist bone’ in his body.
He also insisted that a planned vote in the House of Representatives to condemn his tweets is a ‘con game’ that will backfire on Democrats as their party is linked more closely with the quartet of lawmakers known as ‘the squad.’
Rep. Ilham Omar (second from left), surrounded by fellow ‘squad’ members Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, fired back at Trump at a press conference on Capitol Hill Monday
‘Those Tweets were NOT Racist,’ the president wrote on Twitter. ‘I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap.’
Omar, 37, a Somalian refugee who became an American citizen at age 17 and is now a member of Congress, is a frequent target by the president, who has accused of her of being a communist, anti-Israel and pro-al Qaeda.
‘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,’ he wrote in a series of tweets Monday evening on the squad.
‘They are anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, “some people did something.” Radical Left Democrats want Open Borders, which means drugs, crime, human trafficking, and much more,’ he noted.
And the president referenced Omar specifically when talking to reporters on the South Lawn Monday.
‘When I hear the statements that they’ve made, and in come case you have somebody that comes from Somalia – which is a failed government, a failed state – who left Somalia, who ultimately came here, and now is a congresswoman who’s never happy, says horrible things about Israel. Hates Jews. Hates Jews!’ he claimed.
Omar on Monday declined to address Trump’s charges against her.
‘I will not dignify it with an answer,’ said Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
She has been subject to several controversies after only seven months in office.
Omar came under fire in March for suggesting that supporters of Israel were urging lawmakers to have ‘allegiance to a foreign country.’
And she also appeared to minimize the September 11 attacks when she noted a Muslim group was formed in its wake ‘because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.’
Speaker Pelosi rallied her troops Tuesday before a vote on a resolution condemning Trump’s tweets
Democrats held their weekly caucus meeting on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning, ahead of the Tuesday evening vote on the resolution condemning Trump for his tweets calling on the members of the ‘squad’ to ‘go back where they came from.’
Speaker Nancy Pelosi rallied her troops ahead of the event and called the ‘squad’ her ‘sisters.’
‘These are our sisters. The fact is, as offended as we are, and we are offended by what he said about our sisters. He says that about people every day and they feel as hurt as we do about somebody in our family having this offence against them,’ she said according to an aide in the room.
‘This is, I hope, one where we will get Republican support. If they can’t support condemning the words of the President, well that’s a message in and of itself,’ she added.
Rep. Jim McGovern cautioned the lawmakers to be careful about the words they use on the House floor during debate on the resolution condemning the president as Republicans will be eager to have them taken down.
He urged lawmakers to check with the House Parliamentarian about the exact language that should be used.
‘I’m not,’ Pelosi said to which lawmakers laughed, the source said.
There was a general consensus among the party members that Trump was intentionally stirring the pot with his tweets.
‘He knows exactly what he’s doing,’ said Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos. ‘He’s a constant distraction.’
Rep. Donna Shalala seemed resigned that the tweets would continue.
‘I would love to move on but I don’t think the president’s going to,’ she told DailyMail.com.
The Democratic ‘squad’ in Trump’s Twitter firing line
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, New York
Known by her initials, AOC was born in The Bronx, New York City, to Puerto Rican parents. Before entering Congress, she worked for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and as a bartender.
AOC caused a backlash among Israeli campaign groups for branding the IDF’s response to the 2018 Gaza border flare-ups a ‘massacre’ and labeling Israel’s presence in the West Bank an ‘occupation’.
Shortly after entering the House, she slammed Trump as a ‘racist’ in a TV interview.
She said: ‘The words he uses…are historic dog whistles of white supremacy.
‘The president certainly didn’t invent racism, but he’s certainly given a voice to it.’
Last month, her comments likening migrant holding facilities to ‘concentration camps’ sparked outrage among senior GOP figures, including House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy who demanded an apology, which AOC refused to give.
AOC masterminded the proposed Green New Deal, which seeks to overhaul economic inequality through a raft of public works projects and phase out fossil fuels.
The cost of these measures have been estimated to but an eye-watering $3.9trillion on the US purse.
It has been supported by only a handful of fellow Democrats and come under fire from Republicans.
Several high-profile Democrats such as 2020 hopeful Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have suggested that AOC’s radical policies would make the party unelectable.
Ilhan Omar, 36, Minnesota
Omar was born and raised in Somalia by her father after her mother died when she was two. They fled the country to escape civil war and she arrived in New York when she was 10. She was one of two Muslim women to be the first elected to Congress in 2018.
On entering the House, she fought successfully to change its longstanding ban on head-wear, allowing her to keep her Hijab on.
Earlier this year, she was reported to have said ‘some people did something’ in regards to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, prompting a backlash from Trump.
And in January, she was forced to apologize for using ‘anti-Semitic tropes’ after she suggested that US support for Israel stemmed from donations from a pro-Israel lobby.
Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader, branded the comments ‘hurtful’.
Omar has called for a significant reduction in military spending and ‘perpetual aggression’. She also supports free tuition fees for college students.
She has rallied behind Bernie Sanders’ proposal to to eliminate all $1.6 trillion in outstanding student debt by levying a 0.5 per cent tax on sales.
Omar has also branded the current Federal minimum wage a ‘poverty wage’ and supports raising it to $15 per hour.
Ayanna Pressley, 45, Massachusetts
Born in Ohio but raised in Chicago, Pressley as the only child of a single mother because her father was ‘in and out of prison’.
She went on to serve as Secretary of State John Kerry’s political director.
She is the first African-American woman to be elected to the US Congress from Massachusetts.
In January, she apologized after quoting Alice Walker’s book The Color Purple, saying she wasn’t aware of the author’s recent praise of an anti-Semitic writer.
And recently, she implied that ethnic minorities who work for the US Customs and Border Protection some betraying their own backgrounds.
She said that they are a ‘cog’ in a system which is imprisoning migrants which ‘look just like them’.
And in her victory speech after her primary victory, she called President Trump: ‘a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man’.
Like most of the ‘squad’ Pressley supports Medicare for all by ramping up taxes as well as free education for university students.
She is a proponent of the ‘take a knee’ campaign which sees sports stars kneel during the national anthem to highlight police brutality against people of color.
Pioneered by Colin Kapernick, it has come under scrutiny by the President.
Rashida Tlaib, 31, Michigan
The oldest of 14 children, she was born in Detroit to working class Palestinian parents.
Tlaib entered the Michigan state House before being one of the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress.
On the day she entered Congress, Tlaib told a group of supporters her mission was to impeach Trump, who she branded a ‘motherf*****’.
And in May, Republicans accused Tlaib of spitting anti-Semitic remarks after she said talking about the Holocaust was ‘calming’.
Trump tweeted: ‘Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust.
‘She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.’
But Democrats insist that she was referring to the efforts of her Palestinian ancestors in creating a safe haven for the Jewish people.
She has called for the Immigration Customs Enforcement agency to be abolished and wants a $15 per hour minimum wage.
She often rallies against the super-rich and vows to protect the unions to fight against wealthy Wall Street businesses.
She advocates scrapping the cap on what millionaires pay into the Social Security system.