In this combination image from left; Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., July 10, 2019, Washington, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., March 12, 2019, in Washington, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., July 12, 2019, in Washington, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., July 10, 2019, in Washington. In tweets Sunday, President Donald Trump portrays the lawmakers as foreign-born troublemakers who should go back to their home countries. In fact, the lawmakers, except one, were born in the U.S. (AP Photo)
Like many, I was not thrilled to see President Donald Trump’s tweets on the four members of “The Squad,” the freshmen Congresswomen seemingly led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Whether you believe the tweets were racist or not, they represented Trump’s worst impulse: The need to be involved in the big political news.
Granted, it was a story that the media was not covering, but the moment he tweeted, it gave them cover. They could write about his “appalling” tweets, let the politicians hem and haw over the “racist” comments. It was as though Trump saw a circular firing squad and decided to run right into the middle of it.
However, something extraordinary happened on Monday. As he got into that circular firing squad, he tripped and the Democrats all fired on each other thinking they were hitting the President.
The President’s tweets did something extraordinary. They made Nancy Pelosi come to The Squad’s defense. She had to give them her support, giving up even more of her authority over them and granting them more power. They took to the podium and demanded Trump be impeached (for tweeting?). Impeachment, of course, is something Pelosi has been trying to avoid since she became the Speaker.
Their press conference was the culmination of everything they have been doing since they arrived in Congress. They were the victims of the Big Bad Republican President. They continued to play to the very extreme. They wanted everyone to know their feelings were hurt. More than anything, it appeared to be a show of weakness as they stomped their feet like children because someone said something mean about them.
The American public is aware of Trump’s character. He is a known quantity. However, these four Congresswomen are becoming the most known Democrats in the country, and if you think Trump’s approval numbers are bad, you should see theirs.
- Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view.
- Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.
Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%.
- Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.
- “Socialism is toxic to these voters,” said the top Democrat.
That’s not good. They are scaring the swing voters. Trump is a known quantity to them. They know who he is. They don’t approve of his character or his statements. However, his inability to control himself on Twitter is nothing compared to the fear instilled in those voters when they see a growing trend toward socialism in Trump’s opposition.
So, you can say Trump made a mistake when he tweeted. I do, in fact, and I honestly wish he’d stop tweeting every time someone he has an opinion about is in the news.
However, the Democrats clearly want you to hold their beer as they attempt to outdo him. It’s incredible, and it’s the reason they are going to struggle in 2020.