It all began with President Trump’s remarks on Twitter last week, concerning four Democratic congresswomen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ihan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, and their political views. President Trump’s remarks were followed by a response press conference, then an exchange of a vicious collection of attacks and unpleasantries, with both President Trump and the congresswomen continuing to engage in political mudslinging and name calling.
Trump’s tweet thread, expressed bewilderment concerning the four congresswomen’s views on American politics and challenged them to leave the US to fix their own countries and governments first. These tweets, which were inappropriate and poorly conveyed, were met with intense backlash from a chorus of voices representing diverse viewpoints. The backlash was so strong that AOC’s “Squad” felt the need to call an impromptu press conference to address these tweets.
Throughout the 21 minute conference, each congresswoman took turns bashing the President for just about anything and everything, focusing heavily, however, on illegal immigration and the detention process. Ayana Pressley referred to the President as “the occupant of the White House,” hitting hard on Trump’s immigration stance and then launching into a diatribe about pushing hard-left policies (from trying to legislate away the racial pay gap to ending gun violence by abolishing firearms). Ilhan Omar drew back on the words of the Constitution and told America to “live up to what it says on paper” and that “we have a long way before we fully live up to those values.” AOC spoke briefly about America being a shared country, that America is everyone’s. Finally, Rashida Tlaib finished by calling for her colleagues to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
Although President Trump’s comments were repugnant in nature, they did convey a key point. Immigrants who become citizens of all types are free to contribute and engage in the US political system, however, they should not be using that power to engage in the demeaning, degrading, and subsequent weakening of the very political and societal system they sought to join. The inherent error in Trump’s logic was that these women should leave and “fix their own countries and governments first.”
The idea that we should expel or encourage these people to leave is disappointing for a sitting US President to say the least. It is not a mistake to wonder why anti-American sentiment is so rampant from immigrants and those who hold public office. Despite whatever good intentions President Trump had for these tweets, the resulting disputes have been ugly.
What has followed that press conference had been a mixture of doubling down on previous attacks and launching fresh attacks. President Trump claimed the women were not “capable of loving our country,” in a recent tweet, saying they were damaging the Democratic Party. The Squad has condemned Trump’s comments as racist, xenophobic, and beneath any sitting president.
This verbal battle is just another representation of the prevailing thought among politicians of all stripes that those who oppose you are morally evil and that you must win at all costs, using whatever means necessary. President Trump’s comments were inappropriate, and are reflective of his inability to control his tongue. However, the four congresswomen have proved consistently that they are more than willing to take the bait and engage in intellectually dishonest discourse with the President.
The Squad is just another attempt to weaponize racial tensions in American politics, playing upon Americans misguided belief that racism is a transcendent problem in US culture. Convinced that President Trump is racially biased, partly because Trump makes countless inappropriate and unfounded comments, AOC and her squad will continue to be the colloquial thorn in the President’s side until he learns to effectively stay silent and close the stupidity valve.
Trump v. The Squad is just the most recent example of our broken, vicious political system that incentivizes false character attacks and dishonest political mudslinging.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.