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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response MORE (D-N.Y.) turned to social media to offer encouragement to “those scared for our future” after President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders 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 OmarTexas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Undocumented aliens should stay away as COVID-19 rages in the US The Southern Poverty Law Center and yesterday's wars 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 PressleyMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Pressley experiencing flu-like symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass.), who is black, could be related to the singer Elvis Presley and added that Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless 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.