August 18, 2019

Trump Involves Israel Again in Criticizing 4 Democratic Congresswomen

L-R) U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) listen as Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) pauses while speaking at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on July 15, 2019. (Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images/JTA)

(JTA) — President Donald Trump continued his attacks on four freshman minority Democratic congresswomen that he has assailed with racist tweets, and involved Israel in the debate.

In Sunday’s tweet he called on “the four Congresswomen,” referring to Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, to apologize to America and Israel.

“I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!” Sunday’s tweet said.

Trump in a tweet last week said the four congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” Omar was born in Somalia; the other three are born in the United States, and what “places” Trump was referring to is not clear.

At a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina, Trump supporters chanted “send her back” repeatedly when Trump attacked Omar. Trump later said he disagreed with the chants, but video of the rally shows he did nothing to silence the crowd.

In his tweets on Sunday morning, Trump also attacked the Washington Post for its coverage of his tweets against the congresswomen and of the rally, calling it “Presidential Harassment.”

On Monday he also called on the “Radical Left Congresswomen” in a tweet to “apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said.”