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Pressley calls on Meadows to 'do the right thing' over '4 Horsemen' gun shop billboard

Pressley calls on Meadows to 'do the right thing' over '4 Horsemen' gun shop billboard
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Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIt's past time we elect a Black woman governor House Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday called on GOP Rep. Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters Trump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC MORE (N.C.) to “finally do the right thing” after a gun shop put up a billboard in his district calling Pressley and other minority congresswomen “idiots.”

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In a message to the Republican lawmaker who serves as chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Pressley noted that the gun shop is in the district he serves.

“Cherokee Guns is in your district & you and I serve on a committee together,” Pressley wrote to Meadows. “Here’s your chance to finally do the right thing.”

 

Cherokee Guns, a store in Murphy, N.C., put up the advertisement that included pictures of Pressley with other members of the so-called “squad” — Democratic Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters MORE (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality MORE (N.Y.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Omar: I wasn't equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries MORE (Mich.).

It refers to the progressive freshman as “idiots” and calls them the "4 Horsemen" of the apocalypse.

The sign featured the signature “the Deplorables,” a nickname some Trump supporters have embraced after 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonVirginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Hillary Clinton: Casting doubt on 2020 election is 'doing Putin's work' MORE coined the phrase.

The Hill has reached out to Meadows’s office for comment.

The billboard comes after the squad was repeatedly attacked by President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE earlier this month.

Trump sparked an uproar by tweeting for the House Democrats — all of who are U.S. citizens — to "go back" to the "crime infested places" they came from before speaking out about U.S. policies. Omar is the only one of the four born outside the U.S. 

The remarks, as well as a "send her back" chant targeting Omar at a Trump rally in North Carolina, sparked widespread outrage from Democratic — and a few Republican — lawmakers.

The House last week voted to condemn Trump's tweets as racist

Meadows, an ally of the president, denied that Trump is a racist following his attacks on powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDemocrats plot next move after GOP sinks Jan. 6 probe Lawmakers press AbbVie CEO on increased US prices of two drugs Overnight Health Care: AstraZeneca may have included outdated data on vaccine trial, officials say | Pelosi says drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package | Biden administration extends special ObamaCare enrollment until August MORE (D-Md.) and his Baltimore district.

“I am friends with both men, President Trump and Chairman Cummings. I know both men well. Neither man is a racist. Period. Both love America,” Meadows said Monday in a statement.

“I think if we put aside partisanship with investigations we can find bipartisan solutions that will benefit not only Chairman Cummings’ district but the country as a whole. I’m committed to working to that end with both of them.”