Congress woman Ilhan Omar said President Trump “shouldn’t be in office” after the president Trump slammed her in front of White House pool reporters on the South Lawn.
President Trump has launched an extraordinary attack on Democrats Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both women of colour, saying he “doesn’t even know where they came from”.
president Trump mediated in an ongoing dispute between the two congresswomen, along with two other women of colour, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, are engaged in with Ms Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi, told colleagues she was frustrated with people using social media to criticise other members of the party. The comments were interpreted as being directed as Ms Ocasio-Cortez, Ms Omar, Ms Tlaib , all of whom have large social media followings among progressives and have been outspoken.
“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK,” Ms Pelosi said. Ms Ocasio-Cortez later told reporters it had got to the point where “it was just outright disrespectful – the explicit singling out of newly elected women of colour”.
Ilhan Omar fired Mr. Trump’s insult back at him after the president said if “one-half” of Ilhan Omar’s news reports and criticisms were accurate, “she shouldn’t even be in office.”
“If one-tenth of what they say about you is true, you shouldn’t be in office,” Ms Omar tweeted.
President Trump’s comments followed his defense of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused her of singling out women of color.
“The persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,” the New York Democrat said to The Washington Post, though she later said Ms. Pelosi was “absolutely” not racist.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have both been lumped together with Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib as a “squad” of newly elected, ethnically diverse, female lawmakers who promote more progressive policies.