By Vandana Rambaran
Published July 17, 2019
President Trump, at a fiery "Make America Great Again" campaign rally Wednesday night in Greenville, North Carolina, blasted four progressive congresswomen, Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, with whom he continues to spar after an ongoing feud over comments he made against them that critics deemed "racist."
"Let 'em leave... they're always telling us how to run it, how to do this, how to do that. You know what? If they don't love it, tell 'em to leave it," Trump said of the congresswomen, doubling down on similar comments he made on Twitter earlier in the week.
Trump slammed Omar on Wednesday saying she "smeared U.S. service members in 'Black Hawk Down.' She slandered the brave Americans trying to keep peace in Somalia," a dig at her Somali-American heritage.
Trump also said Omar blamed America for the economic crisis in Venezuela and refused to condemn Al Qaeda.
Meantime, many in the crowd shouted, "send her back." Omar later responded by quoting Maya Angelou.
Trump moved on to his critique of Tlaib, saying she "used the F-word to describe the presidency and your president."
"That's not nice, even for me," Trump said. "That's not somebody who loves our country."
The president then took aim at Ocasio-Cortez, whom he mocked for her "three different names," saying she inaccurately described the migrant holding facilities at the southern border as concentration camps.
Of Pressley, Trump said the congresswoman "thinks that people with the same skin color all need to think the same. She said, 'we don't need any more brown faces that don't want to be brown voices, we don't need black faces that don't want to be a black voice,'" a reference to remarks she gave at a conference this past weekend. "Can you imagine if I said that?"
At the top of his remarks Wednesday night, Trump celebrated the House's decision to shelve impeachment proceedings against him.
"I just heard that the United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to kill the most ridiculous project I ever worked on," Trump said, referring to an impeachment resolution proposed by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, that was widely opposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other top Democrats.
"The resolution-- how stupid is that-- on impeachment."
Trump called the 332-95 vote to sideline the impeachment resolution Wednesday "totally lopsided" and instead touted the strong economy and low unemployment numbers under his administration.
"And, they want to try and impeach," he said. "It's a disgrace."
This past Sunday, Trump called for the progressive congresswomen to "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."
The four congresswomen Trump apparently referenced are all American citizens and three of them were born in the United States.
The congresswomen, along with several other lawmakers, condemned the statements as racist and Trump fired back saying "Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!"
Ocasio-Cortez rebutted the president Tuesday, saying, "You have a racist mind in your head, and a racist heart in your chest. That's why you violate the rights of children and tell the Congresswomen who represent your home borough, to 'go back to my country.'"
Trump also lambasted former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's yearslong investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, calling the "witch hunt" "bullsh--."
"Could you imagine what it could have been if we didn't have the witch hunt," he said. "What happened to me with this witch hunt should never be allowed to happen to another president of the United States, never ever again."
"Democrats have never been further outside of the mainstream. They're going crazy," Trump continued, alluding to the infighting between Democrats in Congress.
He proceeded to slam 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders I-Vt., calling him "desperate" for promising voters universal healthcare and free tuition for college students.
"I think they're all sad when you get right down to it," Trump said of the 24 Democrats running for president in 2020.
The president revived criticism of Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., referring to her as "Pocahontas," and making fun of her claimed ancestry as a Native American, which she later retracted.
"The Indians got together and they said, 'We don't want her,'" he mocked.