Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted House Democrats for refusing to condemn Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her 'squad' for the 'vile, hateful' things they've said as the chamber prepares to vote Tuesday evening on a resolution condemning his tweets against the four, progressive lawmakers.
'The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, & yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party. Horrible anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro-terrorist & public.....,' the president tweeted Tuesday morning.
He added: '.....shouting of the F...word, among many other terrible things, and the petrified Dems run for the hills. Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad!'
He again advised the lawmakers they can leave if they aren't happy.
'Our Country is Free, Beautiful and Very Successful. If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!,' he tweeted.
Donald Trump blasted House Democrats for refusing to condemn Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her 'the squad' for the 'vile, hateful' things they've said
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley held a press conference on Capitol Hill Monday to rebuke the president
House Democrats plan to debate a resolution that 'strongly condemns' Trump's tweets that call for the four lawmakers to go 'back where they came from.'
A final vote is scheduled for Tuesday evening.
The four-page resolution charges the president with having 'legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.'
But Trump complained Democrats haven't scolded their own lawmakers for comments made that perceived to be anti-Semitic and defensive of the 9/11 attacks. He also referenced the fact the Rep. Rashida Tlaib - one of the 'squad' members - has said of him that she wants to 'impeach the m-fer.'
Democrats, six months ago, passed a broad resolution condemning hate speech but it didn't mention any lawmaker by name - a controversy at the time given Rep. Ilhan Omar - another 'squad' member - had made comments seen as anti-Semitic.
The Democrats' resolution condemning the president's tweets does name Donald Trump, according to text of the measure filed Monday night.
The resolution 'strongly condemns President Donald Trump's racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should ''go back'' to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as ''invaders,'' and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.'
The measure features positive statements from the country's founding fathers and past presidents on the important role immigrants play in the United States.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy accused the Democrats of playing politics with the issue. He defended Trump, saying the president is not a racist, but he also said the four lawmakers should not have to leave the country.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the anti-Trump resolution Monday in a move designed to put Republicans on the record about their feelings on the president's tweets.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer announced there will be a companion resolution in the Senate.
'Speaker Pelosi has said that the House will introduce a resolution denouncing the president's comments. Our intention is to do the same in the Senate. We'll see. We'll see just how many Republicans will sign on,' he said on the Senate floor Monday.
Nancy Pelosi announced House Democrats have a resolution condemning President Trump 's tweets
Trump's tweets were seen as an attack on the 'squad': Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Alyanna Pressley and Rashid Tlaib
'The House cannot allow the President's characterization of immigrants to our country to stand,' Pelosi wrote to lawmakers on Monday.
'Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President's xenophobic tweets. Please join us in supporting a forthcoming resolution sponsored by Congressman Tom Malinowski, who was born abroad, and Congressman Jamie Raskin, along with other Democratic Members born abroad,' she noted.
Malinowski was born in Poland and came to the United States at the age of six.
Trump, meanwhile, defended his tweets in which he suggested the four congresswomen, who are of racial minorities, go 'back where they came from.'
‘All I'm saying, they want to leave, they can leave. Now, it doesn't say leave forever. It says leave if you want,’ Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Monday afternoon.
‘They hate our country. They hate it, I think, with a passion. Now, it's possible I'm wrong. The voter will decide. But when I hear the way they talk about our country, when I hear the anti-Semitic language they use, when I hear the hatred they have for Israel and the love they have for enemies like Al Qaeda, then you know what, I will tell you that I do not believe this is good for the Democrat Party,’ he added.
'I'm not happy with them.'
He also slammed Pelosi's accusation on twitter that he wants to 'make America white again.'
'That's a very racist statement,