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 PressleyDemocrats blast HUD for removing LGBT language from grant competition Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk' MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday called on GOP Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump The Hill Interview: Sanford says Trump GOP doing 'serious brand destruction' GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan 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 OmarGOP Senate candidate said Republicans have 'dual loyalties' to Israel Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk' MORE (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Progressives push for changes to Pelosi drug pricing plan MORE (N.Y.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Omar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected 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 ClintonMissing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani On The Money: Trump downplays urgency of China trade talks | Chinese negotiators cut US trip short in new setback | Trump sanctions Iran's national bank | Survey finds Pennsylvania, Wisconsin lost the most factory jobs in past year Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate 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 John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 CummingsFederal agency to resume processing some deferred-action requests for migrants Overnight Defense: Trump says he has 'many options' on Iran | Hostage negotiator chosen for national security adviser | Senate Dems block funding bill | Documents show Pentagon spent at least 4K at Trump's Scotland resort Top Oversight Democrat demands immigration brass testify 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.”