It seems Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has saved some of her most vicious verbal ammunition for the president of the United States.
On Sunday afternoon, she went after President Donald Trump on Twitter, pushing back against his earlier comments that some unnamed progressive lawmakers should consider “go[ing] back” to their own “corrupt” and “crime-infested” countries of origin — then “come back” to the U.S.A. “and show us how it is done.”
“You can’t leave fast enough,” the commander-in-chief also wrote.
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This didn’t sit well with the New York firebrand — who’s been battling her own House speaker and other far more experienced Democrats in the House over, among other things, her commentary about southern border conditions, the running of detention facilities there and the situation for unlawful immigrants trying to get into this country illegally.
Now, AOC has ripped into the president.
The commentary is pretty ugly — and unbecoming, in the eyes of many, for an elected official of this country.
“Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ & the country we all swear to, is the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote to Trump. “But given how you’ve destroyed our border with inhumane camps, all at a benefit to you & the corps who profit off them, you are absolutely right about the corruption laid at your feet.”
Let’s put aside for a moment the fact that she’s got many of her facts and presumptions wrong here.
Ocasio-Cortez also wrote, resorting to an ad hominem attack, “You are angry because you don’t believe in an America where I represent New York 14, where the good people of Minnesota elected @IlhanMN, where @RashidaTlaib fights for Michigan families, where @AyannaPressley champions little girls in Boston. You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder. You won’t accept a nation that sees health care as a right or education as a #1 priority, especially where we’re the ones fighting for it. Yet here we are.”
You are angry because you don’t believe in an America where I represent New York 14, where the good people of Minnesota elected @IlhanMN, where @RashidaTlaib fights for Michigan families, where @AyannaPressley champions little girls in Boston.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 14, 2019
While Trump didn’t name any certain lawmakers, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is the first Somali native elected to Congress and one of its first Muslim women. She spent much of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp while civil war was ripping apart her home country.
The other three members of the so-called “fab four” Democratic congresswomen who have banded together politically were all born in this country.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), born in Detroit, is the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), the first black woman elected to the House from Massachusetts, is a native of Cincinnati.
And Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx, New York, and raised in well-to-do Westchester County, New York, which is north of Manhattan.
“But you know what’s the rub of it all, Mr. President?” Ocasio-Cortez went on in her Twitter rant. “On top of not accepting an America that elected us, you cannot accept that we don’t fear you, either. You can’t accept that we will call your bluff & offer a positive vision for this country. And that’s what makes you seethe.”
In his original comments, Trump mentioned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), noting, “I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements” for certain members of Congress to leave the U.S. temporarily.
Pelosi last week indicated to the junior members of her caucus that they should not tweet attacks to their fellow Democrats. She also told The New York Times that Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib “have their public ‘whatever’ and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”
Now, on Sunday, after Trump’s remarks, Pelosi is under new scrutiny for perhaps kicking off this new spat on social media.
“Make no mistake: Nancy Pelosi’s dog-whistling snipes at @AOC, Ilhan Omar, @RashidaTlaib and @RepPressley helped pave the way for this vicious, racist attack from the president,” wrote Karen Attiah, Washington Post global opinions editor, as Fox News also noted.
Attiah added, “What people need to see in this newly formed @maureendowd /@SpeakerPelosi / @realDonaldTrump axis of shevil is that white supremacy relies on dismissing, silencing, and undermining women of color. Putting them in their place by any means necessary.”
For her part, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a 2020 presidential contender, wrote, “Let’s call the president’s racist attack exactly what it is: un-American.”
“You have some of the loudest mouths over there, denying $4.6 billion in humanitarian aid — all but four Democrats voted for a form of that package,” said Kellyanne Conway. “They have no moral authority [on this].”
And former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, never one to hold back when she sees a chance to go after the current president of the United States — who of course beat her in the November 2016 election — tweeted that the lawmakers are “from America, and you’re right about one thing: Currently their government is a complete and total catastrophe.”
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, made an array of comments on Sunday to anchor Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” She was also at the border just the other day. But of these progressive Democrats and others in Congress on this topic, Conway told Wallace, in part, “You have these radical Democrats now calling for the elimination of ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement]. They are ridiculing them, mocking them, doxxing them, publishing, asking people on Twitter and elsewhere to publish their home addresses, their contact information. This is a disgrace.”
“You have some of the loudest mouths over there, denying $4.6 billion in humanitarian aid — all but four Democrats voted for a form of that package,” Conway added. “They have no moral authority to then say, ‘Let’s eliminate all of DHS, we’d eliminate FEMA, the people helping out, the Secret Service, ICE, Customs and Border Protection.'”
“And those are brave men and women trying to do their job,” she also said. “They’re tired of being discriminated against by people in their perches here in Washington.”
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