New GOP ad accuses 'Squad' of wanting 'anarchy'

The GOP escalated its feud with four progressive congresswomen known as the “Squad,” releasing a new ad this week accusing the group of wanting "anarchy."

The nearly 80-second ad splices together clips of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa Al Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles Progressives' campaign strategy: Willful ignorance MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAl Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles Republicans disavow GOP candidate who said 'we should hang' Omar Hillicon Valley: Trump officials propose retaliatory tariffs over French digital tax | FBI classifies FaceApp as threat | Twitter revamps policies to comply with privacy laws | Zuckerberg defends political ads policy MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibAl Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles Israeli, Palestinian business leaders seek Trump boost for investment project On The Money: Trump claims Hong Kong 'obliterated' without his action | Xi says China not afraid to 'fight back' | Tlaib offers bill to repeal 'opportunity zones MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAl Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles Warren adds Ayanna Pressley as campaign co-chair Warren speech in Georgia interrupted by pro-charter school protesters MORE (D-Mass.) likening immigrant detention facilities to concentration camps and declining to comment on a man’s attack on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility, comments the GOP says highlights "radicalism" in the Democratic Party.


“Squad goals: Anarchy,” the ad says in capital letters at the video’s conclusion.

The video was released by the Republican National Committee and was not authorized by any specific candidate. The GOP told The Hill the ad will only appear online and will not air on television.

The video comes amid an intense dispute between the White House and congressional Democrats after President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE said the four congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” 

Three of the four women were born in the U.S. and all are U.S. citizens. Omar came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia.

Trump was met with an avalanche of criticism over the post, with Democrats universally saying the tweet played on a racist trope.

The president responded by maintaining that the tweet was not racist and accusing Democrats of playing a “con game.” 

The four congresswomen appeared for an interview on "CBS This Morning" to continue to push back on criticism from Trump and others in the GOP.

"This is a distraction, this is a disruption on our leading and legislating and governing on the issues of care and concern and consequence of the American people," Pressley said in the interview when discussing Trump and his tweets.

The House voted Tuesday evening to formally admonish Trump over the comments, passing a resolution condemning his tweet as “racist” by a 240-187 vote. Four Republicans and Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware House passes anti-robocall bill Pressure grows on House GOP leaders to hold line ahead of impeachment trial MORE (I-Mich.), who recently left the GOP, voted with every House Democrat in support of the resolution.

However, most House Republicans have either declined to call the tweets racist or have defended the president, pointing to controversial statements the four congresswomen have made about immigration centers and Israel.