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GOP Senate challenger ties Democratic incumbent Shaheen to AOC

A Republican candidate hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen next year in the Granite State tied the two-term incumbent to progressive firebrand freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and railed against the senator for failing to vote against the Green New Deal.

The candidate, former state House of Representatives Speaker Bill O’Brien, on Tuesday formally launched his campaign for the Republican Senate nomination by arguing that “Jeanne Shaheen is not putting New Hampshire first. She’s not putting you first. She’s putting Washington big government and those seeking the path to socialism first.”

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New Hampshire, viewed by some as a key battleground state, saw extremely competitive Senate races in the 2014 and 2016 cycles. The state didn’t have a Senate election in 2018. Republicans see Shaheen’s seat as a potential pickup as they mostly play defense in 2020 with a 53-47 majority in the chamber.

O’Brien, a well known figure in the Granite State thanks to his tumultuous 2010-2012 tenure as speaker — when he forced through massive budget cuts his supporters love and his opponents decried — spent most of his speech targeting Shaheen, a popular former governor.

“Jeanne Shaheen has proven she’s captive of a big government pushing Washington control. She’s left New Hampshire behind,” he argued.

O’Brien also criticized Shaheen for her vote in support for the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare. And he slammed her for lacking courage by voting ‘present’ on the ‘Green New Deal,’ the sweeping climate change proposal that’s become a litmus test for the progressive base of the Democratic Party.

“She didn’t put New Hampshire first. She ran away. She refused to vote no,” he charged.

O’Brien claimed “that Shaheen’s putting Washington big government first. Perhaps she thinks Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders are New Hampshire, because that’s who she’s putting first.”

Longtime New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley, pointing to O’Brien’s tenure as speaker, labeled him a “far-right extremist.”

And Buckley tied him to Republican President Trump, arguing that “New Hampshire voters remember Bill O’Brien was a mirror image of Donald Trump before Trump ever ran for president. In office, they both made sabotaging the Affordable Care Act, defunding Planned Parenthood and undermining voting rights their top priorities.”

O’Brien, who was a top Granite State supporter for conservative Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the 2016 GOP first-in-the-nation presidential primary, told  Fox News, “I’m a big fan of Donald Trump.”

“I don’t think anyone who cares about this country’s prosperity, who cares about deregulating industry, can do anything other than look at what Donald Trump has done and say I’m a supporter.”

O’Brien’s announcement comes a month after retired Army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, a Laconia native who moved back to New Hampshire after retirement, launched a Republican bid for the Senate. A third candidate is also likely to jump into the race for the GOP nomination.

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Cummings say there is ‘no doubt’ Trump is racist following controversy over tweets

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said Sunday that he has “no doubt” that President Trump is racist amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the president’s tweets about four congresswomen.

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Cummings said “no doubt about it” when asked if he thought Trump was racist.

“When I hear those things, it takes me back,” Cummings said in reference to segregation in the 1960s. Cummings went on to compare the president’s tweets telling four congresswomen of color – all of whom are American citizens – to “go back home” to his own experience in 1960’s Baltimore when he tried to integrate a public swimming pool.

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“I heard the same kind of chants, ‘Go home, you don’t belong here,’” Cummings said. “I’m not the only person of color who has had those kind of experiences.”

Cummings defended the four progressive lawmakers – Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota – for “merely trying to bring excellence to government.” All the lawmakers with the exception of Omar serve on the Oversight Committee.

“I interact with them every day. These are women who love their country,” Cummings said. “They work very hard and they want to move us toward that more perfect union that our Founding Fathers talked about.”

Trump’s spat with the four congresswomen – known collectively as “The Squad” – dominated the headlines last week with the House voting to condemn the president for his comments, while Trump refused to back down.

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At Trump’s North Carolina rally on Wednesday, the crowd chanted “Send her back!” about Omar. Trump paused in his speech during the chant and surveyed the scene. The next day he said he did not approve of the chant and tried to stop it.

Ocasio-Cortez slammed Trump on Saturday, saying that he enjoyed hearing the “send her back” chants.

“We’re going to stay right here, that’s where we’re going to go,” Ocasio-Cortezsaid, sharing her response to Trump’s suggestion that American citizens “go back” with constituents at a Queens town hall on immigration issues. “We’re not going anywhere.”

Omar was also defiant after the rally, telling reporters at the Capitol that she believes the president is a “fascist” and casting the confrontation as a fight over “what this country truly should be.”

“We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president because his policies are a nightmare to us. We are not deterred. We are not frightened,” she told a cheering crowd that greeted her like a local hero at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as she returned from Washington.

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Trump’s allies distanced themselves from the chant, fretting over the voters it might turn off in next year’s election and beyond.

Trump on Friday defended the rally-goers as “patriots,” while again questioning the loyalty of four Democratic lawmakers of color.

When reporters at the White House asked if he was unhappy with the Wednesday night crowd, Trump responded: “Those are incredible people. They are incredible patriots. But I’m unhappy when a congresswoman goes and says, ‘I’m going to be the president’s nightmare.'”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Cummings say there is ‘no doubt’ Trump is racist following controversy over tweets

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said Sunday that he has “no doubt” that President Trump is racist amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the president’s tweets about four congresswomen.

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Cummings said “no doubt about it” when asked if he thought Trump was racist.

“When I hear those things, it takes me back,” Cummings said in reference to segregation in the 1960s. Cummings went on to compare the president’s tweets telling four congresswomen of color – all of whom are American citizens – to “go back home” to his own experience in 1960’s Baltimore when he tried to integrate a public swimming pool.

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“I heard the same kind of chants, ‘Go home, you don’t belong here,’” Cummings said. “I’m not the only person of color who has had those kind of experiences.”

Cummings defended the four progressive lawmakers – Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota – for “merely trying to bring excellence to government.” All the lawmakers with the exception of Omar serve on the Oversight Committee.

“I interact with them every day. These are women who love their country,” Cummings said. “They work very hard and they want to move us toward that more perfect union that our Founding Fathers talked about.”

Trump’s spat with the four congresswomen – known collectively as “The Squad” – dominated the headlines last week with the House voting to condemn the president for his comments, while Trump refused to back down.

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At Trump’s North Carolina rally on Wednesday, the crowd chanted “Send her back!” about Omar. Trump paused in his speech during the chant and surveyed the scene. The next day he said he did not approve of the chant and tried to stop it.

Ocasio-Cortez slammed Trump on Saturday, saying that he enjoyed hearing the “send her back” chants.

“We’re going to stay right here, that’s where we’re going to go,” Ocasio-Cortezsaid, sharing her response to Trump’s suggestion that American citizens “go back” with constituents at a Queens town hall on immigration issues. “We’re not going anywhere.”

Omar was also defiant after the rally, telling reporters at the Capitol that she believes the president is a “fascist” and casting the confrontation as a fight over “what this country truly should be.”

“We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president because his policies are a nightmare to us. We are not deterred. We are not frightened,” she told a cheering crowd that greeted her like a local hero at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as she returned from Washington.

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Trump’s allies distanced themselves from the chant, fretting over the voters it might turn off in next year’s election and beyond.

Trump on Friday defended the rally-goers as “patriots,” while again questioning the loyalty of four Democratic lawmakers of color.

When reporters at the White House asked if he was unhappy with the Wednesday night crowd, Trump responded: “Those are incredible people. They are incredible patriots. But I’m unhappy when a congresswoman goes and says, ‘I’m going to be the president’s nightmare.'”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Helen Raleigh: ‘The squad’ is now the face of the Democratic Party and that means Trump’s gonna win

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Washington has been caught in a dumpster fire. It started with President Trump’s tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen, who are also known as “the squad,” to “go back” to the countries they came from. The Democratic-led House swiftly passed a resolution condemning President Trump as a racist.

Trump hasn’t backed down, and he continues to lash out on Twitter. In a campaign rally, his supporters chanted “send her back” in reference to one member of the squad, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. Of course, the squad fired right back. Both #Sendherback and #IstandwithIlhan trended on Twitter, so it doesn’t seem the dumpster fire will go out anytime soon.

Many on the right called the president’s tweets not only wrong, but politically stupid.

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As an immigrant and as a writer, people who don’t like what I have to say often tell me to “go back” to where ever they believe I came from. Such a phrase is derogatory, and I wish the person holding the presidency wouldn’t say it. The tweets and chants of “send her back” are wrong, but I don’t think Trump is being politically stupid.

It’s true his tweets briefly united the squad with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic Party. But the timing seems like a deliberate strategy. Trump managed to tie the entire Democratic Party to radical Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Omar. That strategy became clearer when he tweeted, “The ‘squad’ has moved the Democrat Party substantially LEFT, and they are destroying the Democrat Party.”

By designating “the squad” as the face of the Democratic Party, Trump forced Democrats and his future 2020 challenger to own “the squad’s” problems.

Trump won the 2016 election not primarily because he was liked, but because many voters disliked his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, even more. Today, Trump is wildly popular with his base, but he still has high unfavorable ratings with the general public. If he can show the American people that his Democratic challenger is even worse, he will win again.

“The squad” does have many problems. Its members are inexperienced. They are stars on social media more than they are serious legislators. They are not willing to listen and learn. They want to reshape America in the most radical way, from abolishing the Department of Homeland Security to eliminating farting cows. Outside of their far-left base, what they stand for is deeply unpopular with mainstream Americans.

Trump won the 2016 election not primarily because he was liked, but because many voters disliked his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, even more. Today, Trump is wildly popular with his base, but he still has high unfavorable ratings with the general public. If he can show the American people that his Democratic challenger is even worse, he will win again.

Pelosi, recognizing what Trump is doing and the danger if he succeeds, has tried hard not to let “the squad” become the face of the Democratic Party. But she has no support from either “the squad” or the left-leaning media.

Additionally, “the squad” has doubled down on radical rhetoric and unpopular policies. While the spotlight was on them, Omar and Tlaib, both of whom have made plenty of anti-Semitic comments in the past, were among House members who introduced a new “pro-boycott” resolution, which offers support to the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Both Omar and Tlaib insist they support democracy, but they want to boycott Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.

True to its nickname, “the squad” has been shooting at everyone, including fellow Democrats, and especially Pelosi. Ocasio-Cortez accused Pelosi of “singling out newly elected women of color” prior to Trump’s tweet.

Right after Pelosi led the House in passing a resolution condemning Trump’s tweets, Tlaib turned her fire on Pelosi, blaming the speaker for death threats the squad allegedly received. Ocasio-Cortez has also given her chief of staff free rein to take down centrist Democratic legislators.

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The clueless left-leaning media has played along by giving “the squad” front-page coverage almost daily. The only two people who receive similar attention from the media are Trump and Pelosi. That limited range of coverage means Democratic presidential candidates receive very little attention at all. They must be pretty frustrated.

“The squad” is destroying the Democratic Party as we have known it. Should their ideas become policies, they will destroy America. Each day, the squad dominates the media with outlandish accusations and radical ideas. And each day, that’s good for Trump. If Trump wins in 2020, he will have “the squad” to thank, and any centrist Democrats will know who they should blame.

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AOC says Trump ‘relished’ rally chant about Omar, doesn’t want to be president anymore

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., disputed President Trump’s account of his Wednesday night rally in North Carolina, claiming that he “relished” the audience’s chants about sending Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., back to her native country.

“He kind of presided over the situation, he relished it, he took it in,” she said at a town hall on immigration in her New York City district Saturday. When a reporter asked her whether she believed Trump had led the crowd on, Ocasio-Cortez replied: “He absolutely did.”

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She also pushed back on Trump’s claim that he spoke up to stop the chants “immediately.” “Roll the tape, he didn’t,” she said. The chant continued for at least 10 seconds before the president said anything.

Trump, on Saturday, tweeted that he did “nothing to lead people on.” “Nor was I particularly happy with their chant. Just a very big and patriotic crowd,” he said.

That tweet reflected his initial comments on Thursday when he said he disagreed with the chant.

Other tweets from the president lambasted the way the media handled the chants, suggesting that outlets showed bias in their focus on that but not “the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen.” He appeared to be referring to Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and one of the other members of their “squad.”

But according to Ocasio-Cortez, a “key part” of Trump rousing his base involved allowing Neo-Nazis to go “unchecked.” She went on to claim that Trump’s response to the chants put “millions of Americans” in danger and showed that he no longer wanted to be the president of the United States.

“What he told this country is that he doesn’t want to be president anymore because he wants to pick and choose who he is a president to — and that’s not a president,” she said.

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“Once you start telling American citizens to ‘go back to your own countries,’ this tells you that this President’s policies are not about immigration, it’s about ethnicity and racism,” Ocasio-Cortez went on to applause from the town hall crowd. “And his biggest mistake is that he said the quiet part loud. That was his biggest mistake because we know that he’s been thinking this the entire time.”

Ocasio-Cortez also called the president “lawless” and said his administration was making it difficult for Congress to perform its oversight duties.

“When you have a president that does not respect laws, that means he violates human rights,” she said, “and that means he does not actually honor the laws that are on the books.” Her comments seemed to echo her words from Friday when she told a reporter that Trump couldn’t conceive of an immigration system without torture or hurting “innocent people.”

The freshman congresswoman also argued that U.S. immigration enforcement had traumatized migrant children in a way that made the government responsible for providing those children mental health care for the rest of their lives. She also doubled down on the idea that the U.S. could abolish Homeland Security Department

“I think that reorganizing and getting rid of DHS is not as radical as [former President] George [W.] Bush’s implementation, creation of DHS in the first place,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

For weeks, Ocasio-Cortez has been denouncing the administration’s immigration practices and clashed authorities over claims about treatment that migrants encountered. During a fiery and emotional House hearing in July, she tore into what she called the Trump administration’s “policy of dehumanization” and stood by claims that detained migrants were told to drink out of toilet bowls.

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That appeared to prompt former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan to vehemently defend law enforcement during the hearing.

“As a 34-year veteran of law enforcement, it is shocking, shocking to see constant attacks against those that leave the safety and security of their homes every day, put on a Kevlar vest and put a gun on their hip and risk their own safety to defend this nation,” he said, at times appearing to get choked up as he defended his former colleagues.

The freshman congresswoman also defended her decision to oppose additional funding for immigration enforcement — an issue that appeared to bring her and other freshmen congresswomen more public scrutiny as their “no” votes created tensions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., support for the bill.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Andrew McCarthy: ‘The squad’ vs. Trump – Progressive left still hasn’t figured out how to beat the president

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The president can be very entertaining, but I don’t pay much attention to political rallies, including his famously raucous ones.

For the faithful, the rallies are fun spectacles, like rock concerts or ball games. I don’t think they can be taken too seriously, except perhaps as a gauge of the president’s support. Not in lieu of polls, but in conjunction. And with healthy skepticism: The polls have a history of undercounting Trump supporters, but the ardor of the Trump base on display at the rallies should not be confounded with national enthusiasm for the Trump presidency — though it may signal more openness to it, especially in light of the increasingly radical alternative.

Which brings us to Wednesday night’s Trump rally in Greenville, N.C., and the ginned-up crowd of Trump fans chanting “Send her back!”

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That was in reference to Ilhan Omar, who is a naturalized American from Somalia, a radical at the crowded junction between Islamists and leftists, and a member of Congress from Minnesota’s fifth district — the deep-blue Twin Cities area that teems with Millennials and Somali immigrants.

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All good populist demagoguery needs a villain. President Trump hardly has the market cornered on this. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton studied Alinskyite community organizing. The organizer, a self-styled renegade against The Establishment, is instructed to avoid abstractions when picking an opposition target. You’ve got to make it personal, to polarize the adversary in stark terms. Trump’s persona is to hit back harder than he is hit. No surprise, then, that he is a practitioner of this demagogic art, since he is also the left’s No. 1 target.

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Lawmakers call for Puerto Rico’s governor to step down amid widespread protests on island

Congressional lawmakers are siding with Puerto Ricans in calling for the island’s besieged governor to resign amid days of demonstrations and confrontations between protesters and police.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her support for the people’s demand that Gov. Ricardo Rosselló step down.

“The people of Puerto Rico have spoken loudly and clearly for the world to hear. We must stand with la isla. Rosselló must resign,” tweeted the New York congresswoman, who is of Puerto Rican descent.

Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott also called on Rosselló to step down, tweeting out that “it’s clear the current leadership has lost the confidence of the people of PR.”

Puerto Rico-born Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., said she came to the “inescapable conclusion that it is time for the Governor of Puerto Rico to resign” in a tweet accompanied by a lengthier statement.

New York and Florida are home to large Puerto Rican constituencies.

In a statement, Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, Puerto Rico’s non-voting member in Congress, said events over the past two weeks have negatively impacted the island commonwealth’s economy and government and portray an “anarchic image” to the world.

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“For this reason, I am requesting that for the good of Puerto Rico, you abdicate your position and allow a peaceful transition of government to bring peace and tranquility to our island, which has been mired in a fiscal crisis, severely exacerbated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, ” she said.

Rosselló has faced mounting pressure to resign after nearly 900 pages of leaked online messages showed him and other government officials making profane, homophobic and misogynist comments and mocking his constituents.

His administration is also dealing with the fallout of a federal corruption probe that ensnared several former officials and contractors.

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Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro became the first 2020 Democratic presidential contender to call for the governor to leave office, though other candidates have shown solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico.

“It’s clear that Governor Rosselló can no longer be effective,” he told Fox News. “I stand with Puerto Ricans who are protesting in the streets.”

On Wednesday, some well-known Major League Baseball players with ties to the island also urged the governor to resign. They included the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, the Saint Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina, the Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa, the Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

J.J. Barea of the Dallas Mavericks also joined the chorus.

Fox News multimedia reporter Rob DiRienzo contributed to this report. 

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Dems circle wagons around the ‘squad,’ as Omar responds to ‘send her back’ chant

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., other Democrats, and a slew of commentators united in condemning President Trump on Wednesday night, after the crowd at a North Carolina “Make America Great Again” rally broke out in a striking chant of “send her back” while the president criticized Omar and other members of the so-called progressive Democrat “squad.”

The three words referred to Trump’s tweet on Sunday in which the president said unnamed “Democrat Congresswomen” should go back and fix the “corrupt” and “crime infested places” from which they came and then “come back and show us how it’s done.”

The president later all but affirmed he was referring to Omar, as well as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley — all of whom, except Omar, were born in the United States. After a historic floor fight, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives formally condemned Trump’s comments as “racist” on Tuesday.

“Let ’em leave …  they’re always telling us how to run it, how to do this, how to do that. You know what? If they don’t love it, tell ’em to leave it,” Trump said at the rally, doubling down on his earlier comments.

In response on Wednesday evening, Omar quoted civil rights activist and poet Maya Angelou on Twitter: “You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

She also retweeted a post from California Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat, calling out the “racist chant” and urging people to “vote, donate & organize like never before” to save “the soul of our country.”

Omar also retweeted Minnesota State Sen. Matt Klein’s message of support.

“Congresswoman Omar is staying here,” Klein wrote. “I welcome your opinions on her policies. But if you think you are more American than her, you don’t know what America is, and it is you that should leave.”

2020 Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris echoed those sentiments.

“It’s vile. It’s cowardly. It’s xenophobic,” Harris wrote on Twitter. “It’s racist. It defiles the office of the President. And I won’t share it here. It’s time to get Trump out of office and unite the country.”

Added D.C. Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy: “It should go without saying that chanting ‘Send her back!’ about a refugee-turned-fellow-citizen (no matter how stridently you disagree with her & how wrong she may be about basically everything) is indefensible, but I certainly look forward to the hot takes trying to defend it.”

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Town Hall editor Guy Benson agreed, writing, “‘Send her back’ is an appalling chant. Omar is a US citizen. My less-catchy chant would be: ‘Condemn her bigotry, combat her radicalism, and investigate her seriously alleged fraud!'”

In his wide-ranging rally Wednesday, Trump went point-by-point, member-by-member, as he unloaded on the squad. Trump specifically slammed Omar saying she “smeared U.S. service members in ‘Black Hawk Down.’ She slandered the brave Americans trying to keep peace in Somalia” — a dig at her Somali-American heritage.

Trump also said Omar blamed America for the economic crisis in Venezuela and refused to condemn Al Qaeda.

Trump then moved on to his critique of Tlaib, saying she “used the F-word to describe the presidency and your president.”

“That’s not nice, even for me,” Trump said. “That’s not somebody who loves our country.”

The president then took aim at Ocasio-Cortez, whom he mocked for her “three different names” as well as saying she inaccurately described the migrant holding facilities at the southern border as concentration camps.

Of Pressley, Trump said the Massachusetts congresswoman “thinks that people with the same skin color all need to think the same. She said, ‘we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be brown voices, we don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice,'” a reference to remarks Pressley gave at a conference this past weekend. “Can you imagine if I said that?”

At the top of his remarks Wednesday night, Trump celebrated the House’s decision to shelve impeachment proceedings against him.

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“I just heard that the United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to kill the most ridiculous project I ever worked on,” Trump said, referring to an impeachment resolution proposed by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, that was widely opposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other top Democrats.

“The resolution — How stupid is that? — on impeachment.”

Trump called the 332-95 vote to sideline the impeachment resolution Wednesday “totally lopsided” and a “slaughter,” and instead touted the strong economy and low unemployment numbers under his administration.

“And they want to try and impeach,” he said. “It’s a disgrace.”

Fox New’s Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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House votes to kill Rep. Al Green’s resolution to impeach Trump

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to set aside a resolution by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, to introduce article of impeachment against President Trump – the third time the Houston-area lawmaker has taken a shot at impeaching the president, but the first since Democrats regained control of the House.

Lawmakers voted 332-95 to table Green’s resolution, which was widely opposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other top Democrats worried that the measure would force vulnerable swing-district lawmakers into peril ahead of the 2020 elections. The bipartisan vote shelved any chance of bringing forth articles of impeachment against Trump in the near future.

“The president has committed an impeachable offense,” Green said on the House floor earlier on Wednesday. “Yesterday, we condemned him for that. Today is our opportunity to punish him.”

137 Democrats voted in favor of tabling the resolution compared to just 95 who voted against shelving it. Only one lawmaker, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., voted present.

Instead of moving ahead with articles of impeachment, most democrats have appeared to prefer waiting to see if a stronger case for removal could be developed that would win broader public support, and they’re eagerly awaiting next week’s scheduled testimony to two House committees by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“With all due respect in the world for him, we have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in,” Pelosi said. “That is the serious path that we’re on.”

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Recent polling has shown majorities opposed impeachment. Even if the House voted to impeach Trump, which would amount to filing formal charges, the Republican-run Senate would be unlikely to remove him from office.

The showdown over Green’s resolution also came amid tensions between Pelosi and the same four progressive congresswomen of color whom Trump singled out in a tweet and implored them to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.” All four of the women Trump apparently singled out – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts – are American citizens and three of the four were born in the United States.

The four have waged an increasingly personal clash with Pelosi over how assertively the House should try restraining Trump’s ability to curb immigration. But, if anything, Trump’s tweets may have eased some of that tension, with Pelosi telling Democrats at a closed-door meeting Tuesday, “We are offended by what he said about our sisters,” according to an aide who described the private meeting to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The freshman lawmakers also have been vocal advocates for Trump’s impeachment.

“Opening an impeachment inquiry is exactly what we must do when the President obstructs justice, advises witnesses to ignore legal subpoenas, & more,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted last month.

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The House late Tuesday voted to condemn Trump’s comments after a bizarre floor fight when Pelosi was found to have violated a House rule over decorum.

Despite a lobbying effort by Trump and party leaders for a unified GOP front, four Republicans voted to condemn his remarks: moderate Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan, Will Hurd of Texas and Susan Brooks of Indiana, who is retiring. Also backing the measure was Michigan’s independent Rep. Justin Amash, who left the GOP this month after becoming the party’s sole member of Congress to back a Trump impeachment inquiry.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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AOC says calling people ‘communist’ has a ‘rich history’ in ‘white supremacy’

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Add “communist” to the list of terms that might be racist, according to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said Wednesday that term had a “long” and “rich history” tied to white supremacy in the United States.

“It was one of the preferred smears against integrating schools, & one of the main attacks segregationists used against [Martin Luther King Jr],” she said, referring to the civil rights hero.

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Ocasio-Cortez linked to a tweet calling out a conservative publication for allegedly justifying racist attacks directed toward a socialist.

“Credit where credit is due: the argument that it’s okay to be racist against a socialist who is critical of America was pioneered in the 1960s by National Review in their many attacks on Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Jeet Heer, a correspondent for the left-leaning magazine The Nation, tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez’s tweets came as she faced criticism that her ambitious policy proposals resembled those of communist regimes. Specifically, the “Green New Deal” and “Medicare-for-all” would vastly expand the government’s involvement in the economy, prompting conservatives to compare her agenda to socialism.

Conservatives have also alluded to socialism when criticizing politicians such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

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The New York congresswoman has a history of finding bias in apparently neutral activities. She, for example, previously released a video in which she suggested that New Yorkers took a “colonial approach to environmentalism” when they grew something like cauliflower instead of Yucca  — a plant often found in Mexico and Guatemala — because doing so was “too hard.”

“That is why a lot of communities of color get resistant to certain environmentalist movements because they come with the colonial lens on them,” she said.

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She also accused a journalist of perpetuating the “legacy of colonization” by favoring statehood for Puerto Rico.

“PR was colonized by the US, & deserves a BINDING process of self-determination. Imposing one’s status opinion on PR, instead of committing to uphold the results of a plebiscite, perpetuates the legacy of colonization,” she tweeted FiveThirtyEight editor Nate SIlver.

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