Jul
16
‘The squad’ responds to Trump tweetstorm



I encourage the American people and all of us in this room and beyond to not take the bait this is a disruptive distraction from the issues of care concern and consequence to the American people despite the occupant of the White House attempts to marginalize us and to silence us please know that we are more than four people we ran on a mandate to advocate for and to represent those ignored left out and left behind our squad is big our squad includes any person committed to building a more equitable in just the world and that is the work that we want to get back to and given the size of this squad and this great nation we cannot we will not be silenced he's launching a blatantly racist attacks on four duly elected members of the United States of House of Representatives all of whom are women of color this is the agenda of white nationalist whether it is happening in chat rooms or it's happening on national TV and now it's reached the White House garden I have not made impeachment central to my election or my tenure but since the day that I've gotten elected I'd said to people it is not if he will be impeached but when so it is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery out of our Constitution it's time for us to impeach this president this president who has been credibly accused of committing multiple crimes including colluding with foreign government to interfere with our election this is a president who has overseen the most corrupt administration in our history and pursued an agenda to allow millions of America to die from a lack of health care while he transfers millions of dollars in tax cuts to corporations this is a president who has said grab women by the this is a president who's called Platts black athletes sons of bitches this is a president who has called black people who come from black and brown countries holes this is a president who has equated neo-nazis with those who protest against them in Charles Bell this is a president who has openly violated the very value our country aspires to uphold equality under the law religious liberty equal protection and protection from persecution and to distract from that he's launching a plainly racist attack on four duly elected members of the United States of House of Representatives all of whom are women of color now when he made the comment I know that every single Muslim who has lived in this country and across the world has heard that comment and so I will not dignify it with an answer because I know that every single islamaphobe every single person who is hateful who is driven by an ideology of uttering as this president is rejoices in us responding to that and as defending ourselves so the first note that I want to tell children across this country is that no matter what the president says this country belongs to you and it belongs to everyone and today that notion that very notion was challenged this weekend that very notion was challenged I am NOT surprised at what he's doing but I also know that we're focused on making it better because we don't leave the things that we love and when we love this country what that means is that we propose the solutions to fix it we love all people in this country as we all know the recent tweets and words from the president are simply a continuation of his racist xenophobic playbook we cannot allow these hateful actions by the President to distract us from the critical work to hold this administration accountable to the inhumane conditions at the border sadly this is not the first nor will it be the last time we hear disgusting bigoted language from the president we know this is who he is and we know that he and his administration are constantly engaged in actions that harm residents and American people in our country you