Trump ramps up attack on Congresswomen as US politicians vote to condemn tweets

·Freelance Writer

Donald Trump has continued his attack on four US Congresswomen in yet another Twitter tirade.

The President, who previously told Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib to “go back” to their home countries - even though all are citizens and three were born in the US.

Despite the Democratic-led House of Representatives voting to condemn Trump's "racist comments”, the President doubled down and continued his attack today.

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Donald Trump continued his attack on four US Congresswoman (AP)

He tweeted: “In America, if you hate our country, you are free to leave. The simple fact of the matter is, the four Congresswomen think that America is wicked in its origins, they think that America is even more wicked now, that we are all racist and evil.

“They’re entitled to their opinion, they’re Americans. Now I’m entitled to my opinion, and I just think they’re left-wing cranks.

“They’re the reason there are directions on a shampoo bottle, and we should ignore them.”

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Trump went on to label the women the “four horsewomen of the apocalypse” and accused them of “destroying the Democrat Party”.

The rebuke to Trump’s tweets in the House of Representatives was embarrassing for the President, who had appealed to Republican politicians not to go along - but four Republicans voted for the resolution.

The measure carries no legal repercussions for Trump and the highly partisan roll calls suggest it is unlikely to cost him support from his die-hard conservative base.

From left, U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., respond to base remarks by President Donald Trump after he called for four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their "broken" countries, as he exploited the nation's glaring racial divisions once again for political gain, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. All four congresswomen are American citizens and three of the four were born in the U.S. Omar is the first Somali-American in Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Trump has refused to back down in his attacks on (l-r) Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AP)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16 : President Donald J. Trump listens during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
The President previously tweeted that he 'does not have a racist bone in my body' (Getty)

Before the vote, Trump accused his four outspoken critics of "spewing some of the most vile, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician," and added, "If you hate our country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!”

Republicans formally objected after Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said during a floor speech that the President's tweets were “racist".

Hours earlier, Trump tweeted, "Those tweets were NOT racist. I don't have a racist bone in my body!”

He wrote that House Republicans should "not show 'weakness'" by agreeing to a resolution he called "a Democrat con game.”

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks as, from left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., listen during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. President Donald Trump on Monday intensified his incendiary comments about the four Democratic congresswomen of color, urging them to get out if they don't like things going on in America. They fired back at what they called his "xenophobic bigoted remarks" and said it was time for impeachment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The women were born in the US except for Ms Omar, who came to the US as a child after fleeing Somalia with her family (AP)

Ms Ocasio-Cortez, one of Mr Trump's four targets, returned his fire, tweeting: "You're right, Mr President - you don't have a racist bone in your body. You have a racist mind in your head and a racist heart in your chest.”

Trump's attacks was aimed at four Democrats who have garnered attention since their arrival in January for their outspoken liberal views and thinly veiled distaste for the President.

All were born in the US except for Ms Omar, who came to the US as a child after fleeing Somalia with her family.

The four have also been involved in an increasingly personal clash with Democratic Speaker Ms Pelosi over how assertively the House should be in trying to restrain Trump's ability to curb immigration.

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