Ocasio-Cortez offers encouragement to those 'scared for our future' after Trump rally

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: New Interior rule would limit scientific studies agency can consider | Panel battles over tree-planting bill | Trump to resume coal leases on public lands Ocasio-Cortez reads entire Green New Deal into congressional record Ocasio-Cortez meets with 'Roma' star to discuss workers' rights MORE (D-N.Y.) turned to social media to offer encouragement to “those scared for our future” after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE targeted the first-term lawmaker and three progressive colleagues at a rally Wednesday evening. 

“To all those scared for our future: we can get through this better than we started. We have the power to triumph over hatred, division, and bigotry. But decency cannot be taken for granted. It is something we must create, advance, and actively work to build each and every day,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted early Thursday morning.

Trump used his rally in North Carolina to hammer four progressive congresswomen of color known as "the squad” with whom he has carried on an escalating feud in recent days.

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In the middle of a diatribe against Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar offers sneak peek at her forthcoming memoir Sanders unveils plan for government-funded child care, pre-K Ilhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' MORE (D-Minn.), a naturalized U.S. citizen who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, the crowd broke into chants of “Send her back.”

“You may shoot me with your words,/ You may cut me with your eyes,/ You may kill me with your hatefulness,/ But still, like air, I’ll rise,” Omar tweeted in response, quoting Maya Angelou.

Trump also mocked Ocasio-Cortez by refusing to call her by her full name, saying, “We’ll call her Cortez. Too much time.” 

He joked Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressive Democrat confronts Rep. Cuellar at parade, calls for him to debate her: report There's no such thing as a free bus Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms MORE (D-Mass.), who is black, could be related to the singer Elvis Presley and added that Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar offers sneak peek at her forthcoming memoir Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms MORE (D-Mich.) is “not somebody that loves our country.”

“They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, ‘Hey if they don’t like it, let them leave. Let them leave,’ ” Trump said. “They’re always telling us how to run it, how to do this — you know what, if they don’t love it, tell them to leave it.”

The president fired the first shot Sunday when he tweeted that the four congresswomen “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” should “go back and help fix the totally broken crime infested places from which they came.” 

Three of the four were born in the U.S., and all are citizens.

He was met with an avalanche of criticism from Democrats and some Republicans, who said the tweet played on racist tropes.

The House formally condemned the remarks in a 240-187 vote Tuesday.