Trump doubles down, says progressive congresswomen 'should apologize to America'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE on Sunday doubled down on his attacks against a group of minority congresswomen, saying that they should "apologize" to the United States for the things they have said. 

"I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country," Trump said in an early morning tweet. "They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!"

The comments from Trump come a week after he sparked an uproar by telling the four freshman House Democrats — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) — to "go back" to the "crime infested places" they came from before speaking out about U.S. policies. Omar is the only one of the four born outside the U.S.  

The remarks, as well as a "send her back" chant targeting Omar at a Trump rally in North Carolina, sparked widespread outrage from Democratic — and a few Republican — lawmakers. The House on Tuesday voted to condemn Trump's tweets as racist

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Four GOP lawmakers, as well as Independent Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), joined every Democrat in approving the resolution.  

Trump, meanwhile, has adamantly stood by his comments about the congresswomen, saying that they should leave the U.S. if they are unhappy. He did, however, distance himself from the "send her back" chant, saying that he disagreed with it. 

The president has decried the media coverage of the chant, saying that more time should be spent on the congresswomen's comments. 

"It is amazing how the Fake News Media became 'crazed' over the chant 'send her back' by a packed Arena (a record) crowd in the Great State of North Carolina, but is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen," Trump tweeted Friday