At a campaign rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, President Donald Trump doubled down on his attacks against four congresswomen of color, attempting to use his racially charged tweets to divide the nation and paint the four liberal lawmakers as the face of the Democratic Party.

“The leading voices of the Democrat Party are left-wing extremists who reject everything our nation stands for,” Trump told the crowd in Greenville, N.C. “These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force of evil.”


The president continued by naming each of his four targets⁠—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts)⁠—and listing off quotes from then that he claimed proved they hated America.


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During his attack on Omar, the crowd broke out into chants of “send her back,” referencing the president’s new rhetoric that people of color should “go back” to where they came from. Omar immigrated from Somalia as a child and is a naturalized citizen of the United States.

“They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, ‘hey if they don’t like it, let them leave. Let them leave,’ ” Trump said. “They’re always telling us how to run it how to do this — you know what, if they don’t love it, tell them to leave it.”

The president attacked Ocasio-Cortez, refusing to call her by her full name. “We’ll call her Cortez. Too much time,” he said

He continued his barrage of insults by insinuating that Pressley, who is black, could have been related to Elvis Presley, and that Tlaib is “not somebody that loves our country.”

It is unclear whether Trump’s new political strategy, which many view as even more racist than his 2016 campaign rhetoric, will work. 20% of voters in North Carolina are black, and the state supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

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