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Trump: 'Petrified' Democrats afraid to take on progressive congresswomen
President Trump on Tuesday said that "petrified" Democrats are afraid to take on a group of progressive congresswomen, showing no sign of easing up his attacks on the lawmakers.
Trump accused the women, whom he did not name, of "spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician."
He lamented that the lawmakers, presumably referring to Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), "get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party."
He added that "Democrats are afraid to take them on" because they are the "Radical Left."
Trump on Sunday tweeted that progressive lawmakers should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
"So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run," Trump tweeted.
Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, is the only one of the four congresswomen who was born in a different country.
The group of lawmakers decried the remarks in a press conference late Monday.
"This is the agenda of white nationalists," Omar said of what she called the president's "blatantly racist attack."
Two GOP House members, Reps. Reps. Will Hurd (Texas) and Michael Turner (Ohio), called Trump's tweets racist in statements.
The House is expected to vote late Tuesday on a resolution to condemn Trump's Sunday tweet as racist.
Updated at 8:05 a.m.