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New GOP ad accuses ‘Squad’ of wanting ‘anarchy’

Greg Nash

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-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (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.

{mosads}“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 Trump 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 Amash (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.

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ayanna Pressley Donald Trump Ilhan Omar Justin Amash Rashida Tlaib

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