President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued his attack on four progressive congresswomen of color by falsely claiming they had talked about “evil Jews.”
Speaking to Turning Point USA’s Teen Student Action Summit, a gathering of young conservatives and supporters of the president, he accused Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota of being anti-Semitic.
“These four people, ‘The Squad,'” Trump told the crowd of high school students, who booed in response.
The president claimed that Democratic party leaders are too afraid to call out the four congresswomen.
“We don’t like when they talk about ‘evil Jews.’ We don’t like when they say horrible things about Israel,” he said.
“And then you don’t have the Democrats fighting for Israel, and they end up passing things that have nothing to do with what the original problem was. You saw that. So I don’t know what they’re going to do. I don’t know.”
Trump made a similar claim on Friday, telling reporters:
“You know what is racist to me? When somebody goes out and says the horrible things about our country, the people of our country, that are anti-Semitic, that hate everybody, that speak with scorn and hate — that to me is really a very dangerous thing,” Trump said.
“The first lady feels very strongly about our country,” the president replied. “The first lady thinks it’s horrible what they said about Israel and horrible what they said about our country, these congresswomen. They cannot 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. That’s what the first lady thinks.”
CNN’s fact-checker Daniel Dale called out Trump’s “evil Jews” smear on Friday.
“None of them have said that,” Dale tweeted, referring to Trump’s claim about “evil Jews.”
Dale added: “Omar once tweeted that Israel has committed ‘evil doings.’”
Trump falsely claims the congresswomen have talked about "evil Jews," adding, "That's what they say, evil Jews." None of them have said that. Omar once tweeted that Israel has committed "evil doings."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 19, 2019