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 PressleyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressives zero in on another House chairman in primary Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday called on GOP Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHouse Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks The Hill's Morning Report - Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks Overnight Defense: Democrats blast Trump handling of Russian bounty intel | Pentagon leaders set for House hearing July 9 | Trump moves forward with plan for Germany drawdown 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 OmarThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid Black lives and the CBC: What happens to a dream deferred? MORE (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president Nadler wins Democratic primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue MORE (N.Y.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell 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 ClintonRepublican Nicole Malliotakis wins New York primary to challenge Max Rose Trump's evangelical approval dips, but remains high How Obama can win back millions of Trump voters for Biden 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 TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops 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 CummingsFacial recognition tools under fresh scrutiny amid police protests The sad spectacle of Trump's enablers Democrat Kweisi Mfume wins House primary in Maryland 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.”