President Trump attacked at a group of progressive lawmakers at a rally with evangelical supporters Friday, accusing the freshmen congresswomen of hating “Jewish people.”
“These people hate Israel. They hate Jewish people,” Trump claimed at a campaign event in Miami launching his “Evangelicals for Trump” coalition.
“I won’t name them. I won’t bring up the name of Omar, Tlaib, AOC. I won’t bring that name up. Won’t bring it up. I will not bring it up,” he added, referring to Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
TRUMP: "These people hate Israel — they hate Jewish people. I won't name them. I won't bring up the name of Omar, Tlaib, AOC — I won't bring that name up. Won't bring it up." pic.twitter.com/jCrySCb1Ag
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 3, 2020
Trump sparked outrage in August when he said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should block Tlaib and Omar from visiting the country, which Israel later did.
In July, Trump said the four progressive women should “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came” in a tweet that was widely panned as racist.
All four are U.S. citizens, and only Omar was born abroad.
“Evangelicals, Christians of every denomination and believers of every faith, have never had a greater champion in the White House – not even close – than you have right now,” Trump said on Friday evening.
“Together, we’re not only are we defending our Constitutional rights, we’re also defending religion itself, which is under siege,” Trump said. “Every Democrat candidate running for president is trying to punish religious believers and silence our churches and our pastors.”
“I do really believe we have God on our side,” he told the crowd. “Or there would have been no way we could have won.”