‘These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough…’
(Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg News) The latest indicator of how desperate the left-wing media is to smear President Donald Trump, even his Treasury secretary, at an entirely unrelated briefing on cryptocurrency, was obliged to weigh in on the weekend feeding frenzy.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he didn’t consider President Donald Trump’s tweets on Sunday about minority congresswomen to be racist.
Trump tore into House Democrats, and specifically a group of socialist-spouting, race-baiting freshmen congresswomen that have dubbed themselves the “Squad,” including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-NY; Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; and Rep Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
….it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
Media figures and left-wing activists harped on his suggestion that the congresswomen “go back” to “crime infested places from which they came.”
Omar originally was a refugee from Mogadishu, Somalia. Tlaib considers herself a Palestinian and has made public comments saying she identifies more with the Palestinian heritage than with her American roots. Ocasio–Cortez is of Puerto Rican heritage and closely identifies with the Latino community in New York.
Trump doubled down on those remarks Monday, again assailing the group for its foul language, anti-Semitism and other norm-violating behavior. He called on them to apologize for their atrocious past remarks attacking America and its values.
We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2019
Not surprisingly, Trump’s adversaries responded by calling the remarks racist.
Mnuchin found himself drawn into the furor over the tweets during a White House briefing on cryptocurrency.
“I don’t find them racist. The president just went on and clarified his comments. I think he speaks for himself on that and he was very clear,” Mnuchin said Monday.
As the media present would not let the matter drop, however, Mnuchin chided them for their single-minded obsession.
“We have a lot of important topics, I’ve already answered my one comment on this, I think I was very clear on this,” he said. “I think the president clarified his comment, I understand what the president’s comment is, I’m not concerned by the president’s comment, and again, that’s the last comment I’m going to make on this issue.”
Along with Democrats, a handful of centrist Republicans weighed in on Monday to call for the president to retract the remarks.
“The president’s tweet that some members of Congress should go back to the ‘places from which they came’ was way over the line, and he should take that down,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement.
Liberty Headlines’ Ben Sellers contributed to this report.
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