Donald Trump’s re-election campaign released a stinging video on Friday targeting four first-term congresswomen as far-left radicals.
The quartet, known collectively in Washington as ‘the squad,’ has waged an undeclared war on the president all year, and his 2020 organization is firing back with both barrels.
Friday’s video is a quick-cutting, comic-book-style re-introduction to the four, Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
The video spotlights Trump’s complaints about them in a North Carolina rally last week, supporting his claims with separate video clips.
Republicans are generally aiming to cast them as an unhinged team of liberals who function as the Democratic Party’s unofficial leaders, hoping the association will alienate moderate voters in states Trump needs to win next year.
President Trump’s re-election campaign blistered his four loudest and most liberal antagonists in a video takedown
The four members of ‘the squad,’ led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, each got a comic-book treatment
The video presentation clobbered AOC, as she is known, for claiming illegal immigrants are ‘more American’ than ICE agents who try to stop them
The Trump campaign mocked Ocasio-Cortez for embracing the term ‘radical’
The ‘Trump War Room’ Twitter account, an official campaign vehicle, released the super-cut of presidential complaints about the squad.
‘Is there any doubt who is calling the shots for the Democrats, including their candidates for president?’ it asked.
Trump’s July 17 rally delivered a black eye to the White House after the president’s supporters chanted ‘Send her back!’ Send her back!’ – a reference to his tweeted statement that his vocal, young foils shoud be sent ‘back where they came from.’
Lost in the furor that followed was a series of read-meat accusations Trump made that night; they resurfaced in Friday’s video.
Omar, Trump said, ‘pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits attempting to join the terror organization. She was looking for compassion.’
It’s true that on Election Day in 2016 the future congresswoman wrote to a federal judge on behalf of a group of nine Somali-American terrorism convicts, asking for ‘restorative justice,’ leniency and rehabilitation instead of a ‘long-term prison sentence.’
Friday’s video alternates between footage of Trump from a July 17 rally in North Carolina and video clips that support what he said about the four female lawmakers
Ilhan Omar is a favorite Republican target because of her staunch opposition to Israel and her occasional wandering into rank anti-Semitism
Friday’s video focuses on Omar’s advocacy in 2016 for Somali-Americans convicted of terrorism offenses for trying to join ISIS
Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib famously vowed to ‘impeach the motherf***er’ Trump
The video shows the moment when Tlaib dropped her F-bomb, hours after taking her oath of office
‘Tlaib also used the F-word to describe the presidency and your president. That’s not nice, even for me,’ Trump says in the video, before a starburst with the words ‘NOT NICE’ bleeps Tlaib out
The president vents in the video about Tlaib’s infamous cursing vow to impeach him, just a few hours after she took her oath of office.
‘Tlaib also used the F-word to describe the presidency and your president. That’s not nice, even for me,’ he says.
The Michigan liberal had vowed in January that ‘we’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf***er.’
Friday’s video also includes a clip of Tlaib being ejected from a 2016 Trump economic speech in Detroit after she disrupted it along with a dozen other activists.
‘You guys are crazy!’ she shouts.
Pressley’s cameo in the campaign video is a moment during a recent panel discussion at the left-wing Netroots Nation conference, in which she suggested people of color must all marchj in politicla lockstep.
‘She thinks that people with the same skin color all need to think the same,’ Trump complains, before the video cuts to Pressley saying: ‘We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice.’
‘Can you imagine if I said that?’ Trump booms.
Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley comes off as a racialist in the Trump 2020 video
Pressley told a liberal gathering this year that people of color should think and vote in lockstep
The campaign video’s shot at Ocasio-Cortez borrowed from a January appearance she made on MSNBC’s ‘Rachel Maddow’ program.
‘The women and children on the border that are trying to seek refuge and seek opportunity in the United States of America, with nothing but the shirt on their backs,’ she said then, ‘are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be.’
Trump read the quote to his North Carolina audience. The footage is part of Friday’s video.
‘Can you believe that? That’s what she’s saying,’ Trump told his audience.
The video closes with sinister, slowed-down footage of Ocasio-Cortez on the day she was sworn in, comparing her ‘Green New Deal’ environmental program to ambitious government agendas of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.
‘I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country,’ she told CNN’s ‘Anderson Cooper’ that night. ‘Yeah, if that’s what radical means, call me a radical.’
Trump has recently begun calling ‘the squad’ by another name: ‘AOC plus three.’