Trump steps up attacks on Democratic congresswomen; local leaders weigh in

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WASHINGTON (NBC News) – President Trump doubled down Monday on his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color, claiming they “hate America” and are “free to leave.”

The president unleashed the extraordinary broadside during an event meant to feature American-made products.

“If you’re not happy here, then you can leave. As far as I’m concerned, if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave. And that’s what I say all the time. That’s what I said in a tweet, which I guess some people think is controversial,” Mr. Trump said.

Over the weekend Mr. Trump tweeted they should “go back to the broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

The president appeared to be referring to Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

At Monday’s event, he repeatedly accused the women of being anti-American.

The president singled out Ocasio-Cortez and Omar for attack, making a series of accusations against the women, including that they are anti-Israel.

When asked if it concerned him that people found his weekend tweets targeting the congresswomen racist, Mr. Trump responded: “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me and all I’m saying, they want to leave they can leave.”

News 3 reached out to representatives of the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry to see what they had to say about the matter.

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA-01):

“I’m not as concerned about where people are from as I am about the radical agenda of the socialist wing of the Democratic party in Congress. The very public infighting among Democrats continues to escalate and it’s happening at the detriment of the American people. This deep divide on the other side of the aisle and Speaker Pelosi’s efforts to appease the radical elements in her caucus have hindered critical work to lower prescription drug costs, secure our border and address the humanitarian crisis there, support our troops and more. All while members of their party use expletives referring to our president and make anti-Semitic statements. I am still waiting for the resolutions to condemn those abhorrent comments.”

Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC-01):

“I try not to comment on everything this President tweets. Frankly I have better things to do. But it’s incomprehensible that a US president would say this to American citizens. These remarks were disgusting, shameful, and yes, racist.”

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC):

“Prior to this weekend, we saw the Democratic Party embroiled in racial controversy. From Kamala Harris attacking Joe Biden on segregationists, to four black and brown women chastising Democratic leadership for attacking women of color, it is clear the Democratic Party has serious issues along these lines.

Instead of sharing how the Democratic Party’s far-left, pro-socialist policies – not to mention the hateful language some of their members have used towards law enforcement and Jews – are wrong for the future of our nation, the President interjected with unacceptable personal attacks and racially offensive language. No matter our political disagreements, aiming for the lowest common denominator will only divide our nation further.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on “Fox and Friends”:

“We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel. They hate our own country. They’re calling the guards along our border, the border patrol agents, “concentration camp guards.” They accuse people who support Israel of “doing it for the Benjamins.” They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America.

Don’t get down. Aim higher. We don’t need to know anything about them personally. Talk about their policies. I think they are American citizens who are duly elected that are running on an agenda that is disgusting that the American people will reject.”

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