Anna Sheffer
July 15, 2019 9:51 am

With the 2018 midterm elections, the U.S. Congress gained many history-making members of Congress. And over the past few months, four of these new legislators—Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley—have made headlines for their progressive policies and their challenges to President Donald Trump. Unfortunately, they have also been the targets of ire from both conservatives and moderate Democrats. On July 14th, Trump himself attacked these four freshman congresswomen in a series of blatantly racist tweets.

Trump’s tweets came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized the four lawmakers—known as “The Squad”—in a recent New York Times article. Although three of the four legislators were born in the U.S., the president wrote that they came from “countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.” He added that these four American citizens should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Since then, Insider notes that Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff has been among those defending Trump’s comments as not racist, despite the fact that people of color who advocate for racial equality and progressive policies are often told to “go back to where they come from.”

The Squad quickly fired back at Trump. Pressley shared a screenshot of the president’s comments, rebuking them as racist and pledging to fight for marginalized people.

Omar tweeted that she and her three colleagues are fighting to protect America “from the worst, most corrupt, and inept president we have ever seen.”

Tlaib emphasized the many ways she has served the country and her constituents. For good measure, she taunted Trump by tweeting that he will “be out of the WH soon.”

Ocasio-Cortez, who has a reputation for her flawless social media clapbacks, pointed out, “the country I ‘come from,’ & the country we all swear to, is the United States.”

Trump’s comments about these lawmakers are absolutely unacceptable. We’re glad to see these four congresswomen standing up to him, and we hope that they continue to work toward a more equal country.