In remarks to reporters on Monday afternoon, Donald Trump took his signature inflammatory rhetoric to a new level in televised remarks to reporters at an event convened to boost "buy America" requirements.
Republicans are silently reeling from a national outcry tied to a series of racist tweets Trump sent Sunday targeting firebrand congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, collectively known as "The Squad".
Specifically, Trump advised the four women (three of whom were born in the United States) to “go back and help fix the... crime infested places from which they came". "You can’t leave fast enough", he added.
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While the tweets were a xenophobic tour de force, they doubled as an implicit endorsement of Nancy Pelosi. The speaker has struggled to rein in The Squad's ambition - together, they command a massive social media following. Ocasio-Cortez and, to a lesser extent, Omar, are bonafide celebrities.
“I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”, Trump said Sunday, in a blatant
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