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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 TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit 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 CarlsonMore conservatives break with Trump over election claims Ex-AG Holder urges GOP to speak against Trump efforts to 'subvert' election results The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Pfizer, BioNTech apply for vaccine authorization 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 names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration Maloney vows to overhaul a House Democratic campaign machine 'stuck in the past' Ocasio-Cortez defends Harry Styles wearing dress on Vogue cover: 'It looks wonderful' MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyGOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' Pelosi faces caucus divisions in Biden era Record number of Black women elected to Congress in 2020 MORE (Mass.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarGOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally 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."