WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump has been waging a war against “The Squad” for a few weeks now. Made up of four freshman congresswomen, all of whom were elected in the post-Trump era of politics, and all of whom are progressive Democrats, The Squad has been at the receiving end of many broadsides from the most powerful man in the free world. Infamously, he told them all to “go back” to where they came from if they don’t appreciate the United States. All four women are American citizens, and three of the four were born in the United States.
Two of the members of the Squad, Rep. Ilham Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have born the brunt of Trump’s attacks. Both women are Muslim, and both women have been critical of the secular government of Israel. Both women support the “BDS” movement which seeks to disentangle the United States and Israel, due to the Israeli government’s ongoing resistance to seeking a two state solution with Palestinians who live in the region. When news broke that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was considering barring Tlaib and Omar from entering Israel because of their support of the BDS movement, Trump wasted no time taking to Twitter to join in the bashing of the two women of color.
Trump blasted Omar and Tlaib on Twitter twice this morning.
It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
Almost immediately, Trump began drawing criticism from both sides of the aisle. Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) is a conservative who just recently left the Republican Party over his disagreements with Trump and his belief that the president should be impeached based on the contents of the Mueller Report. Amash came to fellow Michigander Tlaib’s vociferous defense on Twitter.
Israel should stand up to President Trump and allow our colleagues to visit. Nobody has to agree with their opinions, but it will inevitably harm U.S.-Israel relations if members of Congress are banned from the country. We must find ways to come together; there’s enough division.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) August 15, 2019
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is also a part of the so-called “Squad,” came to her fellow Democrats’ defense as well. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that the move on Netanyahu’s part is proof that President Trump is “exporting his bigotry.”
MoC are frequently asked to visit Israel to “see things for ourselves.”
But Netanyahu choosing to ban the only 2 Muslim women in Congress from entering tells the US that only *some* Americans are welcome to Israel, not all.
Trump is exporting his bigotry &making matters worse. https://t.co/PFdMDxuIfJ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 15, 2019
For his part, Trump continued double, triple, and quadruple down on his attacks when asked about them by reporters in the Oval Office. The White House press pool had been invited to watch Trump give the Presidential Medal of Masturbating to Old Videos of Hillary Clinton to his long time ally Dan Bongino. Mr. Bongino’s alleged fact checker was also in attendance, wearing his favorite My Little Pony t-shirt and wearing clothes that only the most rich of millionaire bloggers who write cherry picked opinion pieces and call them “fact checks” money could buy, and also sucking his own dick because that’s all Matt “No Personality” Palumbo does with any kind of skill.
“Look, some folks might be offended by me encouraging a foreign government to ban two members of my own government, but I say, who cares about them,” Trump explained. “The bottom line is that we all know something very simple — real Islamophobia is the only thing that can beat made-up, fictional anti-Semitism.”
President Trump said he is “very happy for” his “good friend” Netanyahu.
“I know how much it means to Ben to constantly attack Muslims, so I’m sure getting to ban two of them for the crime of telling the truth must make him super wet,” Trump indicated.
Trump told reporters that “just because we pretend the Squad hates Jews,” that doesn’t mean Netanyahu can’t be “officially anti-Islamic,” and in fact that is the only way to combat “fake hate of the Jews.”
“Why would Israel want those hater Democrats who clearly hate every Jew on the planet? I mean, it’s so clear! So obvious! The government of Israel is literally every Jewish person on the planet, in government form,” Trump explained. “In fact, I think I know who Benjamin would really want to have a visit from. I’m going to call up some of those very fine people from Charlottesville, some of my favorites, really, and have them visit. I’m sure those are the Americans Benjamin really loves, and why wouldn’t he? They love me. Couldn’t get much more smarterer than that, folks!”
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