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At Queens Town Hall, AOC Says Trump Policy About ‘Ethnicity And Racism’

July 20, 2019 - 6:09 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The chants of “send her back” at one of President Trump’s rallies this week continued to fuel the feud between the president and four freshman congresswomen. One of them, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, responded at a town hall in Queens on Saturday.

Trump denied reports Friday that he was told by First Lady Melania Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump to distance himself from the chants, which came days after an incendiary "go back" tweet from the president. 

Trump also claimed one of the congresswomen in the “squad”—Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley—referred to Americans as garbage. It’s unclear which of the four he was talking about.

“They can’t call our country and our people garbage. They can’t be anti-Semitic. They can’t talk about ‘evil Jews,’ which is what they say, ‘evil Jews,’” the president told reporters. “If the Democrats want to embrace people that hate our country… that’s up to them.”

Rep. Omar recently said she will “continue to be a nightmare to this president because his policies are a nightmare to us.” Trump called the comments from Omar “disgraceful.”

“She’s lucky to be where she is,” he said.

AOC responded Saturday at an immigration town hall in the Corona section of Queens.

“Men like him have been telling women like me to go back to my own country for a long time. It’s not a new thing. But what is hurtful is that when he as an elected leader in the United States does that with thousands of people, he is putting millions of Americans in danger,” she said.

AOC said the president’s policies aren’t about immigration but “ethnicity and racism.”

“Where are we going to go? We’re going to stay right here, that’s where we’re going to go,” she said.