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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level McCarthy laments distractions from far-right members MORE (D-N.Y.) turned to social media to offer encouragement to “those scared for our future” after President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth 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 OmarPhotos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Omar to accept award Saturday as American Muslim Public Servant of 2021 GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level 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 PressleyMcCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP House progressives urge Garland to intervene in ex-environmental lawyer Steven Donziger's case GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE (D-Mass.), who is black, could be related to the singer Elvis Presley and added that Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPelosi: Democrats can't allow 'indecent' Boebert comments to stand Omar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats September video shows Boebert made earlier comments suggesting Omar was a terrorist 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.