09/28/2019 10:41 pm ET
President Donald Trump attacked “Democrat savages” in a vicious new tweet Saturday following the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry — and specifically referred to four congresswomen of color and Jewish lawmakers Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.).
He singled out the women even though as of Saturday they were among at least 223 House Democrats who now support an impeachment inquiry. Nader is head of the House Judiciary Committee, and Schiff leads the Intelligence Committee, both key groups in the impeachment inquiry against Trump.
Trump has previously used the term “savages” to refer to terrorists and criminals: members of ISIS and the violent gang MS-13.
Can you imagine if these Do Nothing Democrat Savages, people like Nadler, Schiff, AOC Plus 3, and many more, had a Republican Party who would have done to Obama what the Do Nothings are doing to me. Oh well, maybe next time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2019
One of the most scathing responses came from Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, who tweeted that Trump used the term “savages” because he “wants you to think of them as less than human.”
When he calls 6 members of Congress—all women of color or Jewish—“savages,” he wants you to think of them as less than human. Like when he calls immigrants an “infestation” and says “no human being” would want to live in Baltimore. We can’t be surprised when violence follows. https://t.co/F0fVi3MmD8
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 28, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez appeared to shrug off the insult. One of her Twitter followers quipped that “AOC plus 3 is the most NY remix ever.” The congresswoman responded that it “should really be” Rep. Ayanna Pressley plus 3 since she’s the “best singer,” adding: “I’m just the one holding the wind fan.”
To be honest, it should really be @AyannaPressley plus 3 since she is *easily* the best singer out of all of us.
I’m just the one holding the wind fan 🌬 https://t.co/RZtZzS4OiK
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 28, 2019
Instead of commenting on Trump’s tweet, Omar, who is Muslim, responded on Saturday to an anti-impeachment ad blitz by the Trump campaign on Facebook this week, which is also targeting the Squad.