“The eyes of history [are] watching us” in this “pivotal moment,” Omar said.
“This is a president who has said ‘grab women by the pu–y,'” Omar continued, as her colleagues stood behind her stone-faced. “This is a president who has called black athletes ‘sons of bit–es.’ This is a president who has called people who come from black and brown countries ‘sh–holes.’ … To distract from that, he’s launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly elected members of the United States House of Representatives, all of whom are women of color. This is the agenda of white nationalists.”
Trump, in fact, had called those who kneel during the national anthem “sons of bit–es,” not black athletes generally. And his comments concerning “sh–holes” referred to places, not individuals.
Just hours earlier on Monday, Trump forcefully doubled down on his explosive call this weekend for progressive congresswomen to “go back” to where they came from and “come back and show us how it’s done,” rather than criticize the Trump administration. He also demanded they “apologize” for what he called their apparent anti-American “hate.”
Pressley, speaking just before Omar, repeatedly derided President Trump as “the occupant of the White House” and said he was seeking to “marginalize and silence” the women.