President Donald Trump reiterated his attacks on four minority congresswomen and suggested Rep. Ilhan Omar supported al-Qaida and “hates Jews.”
While talking Monday outside the White House, Trump proposed that the progressive congresswomen — Omar, along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib — should leave the U.S. because they “hate our nation.” He continued to echo his weekend tweets, in which he wrote that the congresswomen should “go back” to where they came from: “You can leave the river.”
Trump did not name any of the four weekend tweets, but on Monday, without mentioning her straight, he assaulted Ocasio-Cortez.
He placed the blame on Amazon’s decision to withdraw its planned New York City headquarters on the freshman congresswoman from the Bronx. “Tens of thousands of jobs, would have been a great thing,” Trump said. “That was a terrible thing she did.” (Amazon blamed a “number of state and local politicians” for the decision.”
Ocasio-Cortez was part of a coalition of progressive leaders and groups that opposed the $3 billion tax break offered to the company and the prospect of gentrification that came with it.)
Trump’s attacks on Omar were direct and decidedly less business-focused.
Look at Omar, I don’t know, I never met her. I hear the way she talks about al-Qaida. Al-Qaida has killed many Americans. She said you could hold your chest out. When I think of America, huh. When I think of al-Qaida, I can hold my chest out. When she talked about the World Trade Center being knocked down, some people, you remember the famous, some people.
Trump returned to al-Qaeda point twice as much after a deviation from talking about all four congresswomen as ungrateful and recommending that they leave the nation again:
So when I hear people speaking about how wonderful al-Qaida is, when I hear people talking about ‘some people, some people’ with the World Trade Center, some people. No, not some people. Much more than some people. When I hear the statements that they have made. And in one case you have somebody that comes from Somalia, which is a failed government, a failed state, who left Somalia, who ultimately came here and now is a congresswoman who’s never happy. Says horrible things about Israel. Hates Israel. Hates Jews. Hates Jews. It’s very simple.
Trump went on, this time suggesting directly that Omar thinks al-Qaida is “great”:
Here’s somebody where we’re at war with, al-Qaida, and she’s somebody talking about how great al-Qaida is, pick out her statement, that was Omar, how great al-Qaida is. When you hear that and we are losing great soldiers to al Qaeda. When you see the World Trade Center gets knocked out and the statements made about the World Trade Center, all the death and destruction, I will tell you what, I am not happy with them.
The whole answer is a remarkably long and anger-fueled response to a single question, and it’s worth watching the full video: