GOP senator calls Ocasio-Cortez and other freshman congresswomen the 'four horsewomen of the Apocalypse'

GOP Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (La.) late Tuesday slammed the group of minority progressive congresswomen who have been the target of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE’s recent “go back” tweets, calling them the “four horsewomen of the Apocalypse.”

“The simple fact of the matter is, the four congresswomen think that America was wicked in its origins. They think that America and its people are even more wicked now, that we are all racist and misogynistic and evil,” Kennedy told Fox News’s Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonMegyn Kelly to appear on Bill Maher's 'Real Time' on Friday Tucker Carlson: Bernie Sanders capable of taking 'many thousands' of Trump voters CNN draws 7.3 million viewers for Iowa Democratic debate MORE.

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He added: “They’re entitled to their opinion. They’re Americans. But I’m entitled to my opinion, and I just think they’re left-wing cracks, and they’re the reason there are directions on a shampoo bottle. I think we should ignore them.”

Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden to go on Iowa tour with swing district lawmakers CNN cancels next week's Iowa town halls Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez hit back at JPMorgan CEO over comments on socialism: 'That's funny' MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley says she 'would welcome the opportunity' to educate DeVos after abortion, slavery comparison Massachusetts governor apologizes after calling Pressley speech a 'rant' Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (Mass.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE (Minn.) — a group known as “The Squad” — were the targets of Trump’s Sunday tweets calling on the lawmakers to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Kennedy late Tuesday called the group “whack jobs” who are “destroying the Democratic Party.”

“I think the American people are getting a little tired of it,” he said.

Trump tweeted Kennedy's comments early Wednesday morning.

 

While Democratic lawmakers have swiftly decried the president for his remarks, GOP leadership has denied claims that Trump and his tweets were racist, and all but four House Republicans voted against a resolution condemning the tweets that ultimately gained the lower chamber's approval.

Kennedy told Carlson that he didn’t think Trump or his comments were racist, but added that he’s “not sure the president should exchange playground insults” with the lawmakers.

“Look, I’ve told the president before,” Kennedy said. “I’ve said, ‘Mr. President, tweeting less would not cause brain damage.’ But he’s decided that this is the way that he wants to communicate.”

Trump has continued to stand by his comments and ramped up his attacks on Monday, saying the women “hate our country,” harbor hatred toward Jews and love terrorist groups, adding that they’re “free to leave” the U.S. if they choose.

He doubled down Tuesday, saying they can “go wherever they want, or they can stay. But they should love our country. They shouldn’t hate our country."