President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’s ‘not unhappy’ with the result of a political war over his recent comments that Democrats were quick to brand as racist, but he’s not ‘relishing’ the dispute with four women of color, either.
In a brief phone call a few hours before he’d speak to a rally crowd in North Carolina, Trump told DailyMail.com that his game of mental jiu-jitsu with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was ‘one of the all-time classics’ and accused Democrats of playing the ‘race card’ against him.
‘Look, they played the race card on Nancy Pelosi.’ he said. ‘She then – it’s one of the all-time classics, they played it on Nancy Pelosi! And I came to her defense.’
He added: ‘She then, a week later, played it on me! It was rather amazing.’
In a brief phone call with DailyMail.com on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said he’s ‘not unhappy’ with the result of a three-day skirmish with Democrats over allegations of racial bigotry because the ‘race card’ is now their only remaining weapon against him
Trump described his week-long back-and-forth with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as ‘one of the all-time classics,’ recounting how he defended her against accusations from four first-term liberals and sparked a civil war within the Democratic Party
Asked if he planned that sequence of events and the one that followed yesterday, which ended with the passage of a resolution condemning him, he paused.
‘Well, let’s put it this way,’ Trump he’d said. ‘I’m not unhappy.’
The president also slapped at a quartet of newly elected lawmakers on the Democratic Party’s left fringe.
As he left the White House, the president denied that he was taking pleasure in the fight that united Democrats against him, however. The party passed a resolution in the House rebuking ‘racist’ comments he made with the support of four Republicans.
‘I’m not relishing the fight. I’m enjoying it because I have to get the word out to the American people. And you have to enjoy what you do. I enjoy what I do. It’s not a question of relishing. They’re wrong, they’re absolutely wrong,’ he said. ‘That’s not where our country wants to be. We’re not going to go, and we’re not going to be a socialist country.’
He insisted he was ‘winning’ and that Democrats are ‘making a big mistake’ embracing the far-left legislators.
‘I do think I’m winning the political fight. I think I’m winning it by a lot,’ he said. ‘I think that they are not espousing the views of our country, the four congresswomen.’
The president accused them of making ‘unthinkable’ remarks that he’d never get away with.
‘They’re going so far left, they’re going to fall off a cliff,’ he said of the Democratic Party. ‘But who knows, that’s up to them.’
Without naming the congresswomen collectively known as ‘the squad,’ he scoffed at the idea that they have the moral high ground in the battle that has gripped the nation’s attention since he tweeted Sunday that they should ‘go back where they came from.’
The president has come under intense fire as he has crossed swords with the four – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib – because three of them were born in the United States.
He glided past that facet of the controversy on Wednesday, questioning whether their hands were clean.
‘This whole thing with, you know, these people are just so – you know, they try and make themselves out to be innocent!’ he said.
‘The squad’ – from left, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib – responded forcefully after Trump tweeted that they complained too much and should ‘go back where they came from’; three of the congresswomen were born in the U.S.
‘Take a look at their quotes from the last two years. You won’t even believe the horror – the horrible quotes that they have.’
He has been critical of Rep. Omar’s past anti-Semitic comments that suggested pro-Israel lawmakers decide their allegiences for money – ‘for the Benjamins’ – and that American Jews may not be trustworthy because, she has said, their loyalties are split between two countries.
On the South Lawn he suggested that Omar may have married her brother, commenting on a claim that the congresswoman has denied. He said he’s sure that it’s being looked into.
The claim percolated before her election and has not been proven. She says that related allegations that she wed her sibling to skirt immigration laws are false.
Trump told a reporter who asked about it on Thursday, ‘I know nothing about it. I hear she was married to her brother. You’re asking me a question about it.’
Trump said he believes his economic successes have given him a buffer of political safety that leaves Democrats with no choice other than to paint him as a bigot.
‘The only thing they have, that they can do is, now, play the race card,’ he said. ‘Which they’ve always done.’
Asked how far he thinks his adversaries will go to rebrand him, he said he has already been subjected to the most aggressive use of ‘the race card’ in the Democrats’ history.
‘Well, they always have pushed it,’ he said. ‘They have always pushed it, but they’ve never pushed it as hard, because the economy is so good, the jobs numbers are so good, the best in the history of our country. The economy is the best in our history.’
The president recited a portion of his now-familiar litany of achievements, including economic and other policy milestones that he regularly takes credit for.
‘The tax cuts, the regulation cuts, all of the things we’ve gotten passed!’ he said. ‘People don’t realize.’
‘You know, I have five pages of things I could show you, David, that we’ve done: Right to try, you know, choice for the veterans. You know, people never thought it was possible to get all this stuff.’