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Congresswomen urge people to ignore Trump's bait

Updated: July 15, 2019 06:43 PM

The message from the four Democratic congresswomen of color targeted by President Donald Trump's tweets: "Do not take the bait."

Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley said Tuesday that their "squad" is big, representing many Americans. She says Trump's "xenophobic, bigoted" tweets are a "disruptive distraction from the issues."

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The freshmen spoke after Trump tweeted over the weekend that they should "go back" the countries they're from. Three of the four were born in the United States; one, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, is a refugee from Somalia.

Omar said the "garbage" from Trump is his plan to "pit us against" each other. She and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan called for impeachment.

"It is time to stop allowing this president to make a mockery of our constitution, it is time for us to impeach this president," said Rep. Omar.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said that "no matter what the president says," the country "belongs to everyone."

"There are many people in the U.S. who are U.S. citizens that look a variety of ways and come from a variety of backgrounds," said Kerry McGuire, an attorney with the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.

She says this kind of behavior makes their work even tougher.

"It creates a lot of fear and mistrust of our processes for our clients," she added.

Governor Walz sounded off as well, stating the president needs to focus on work, not words on Twitter.

"Get the trade deal done, do your job is what I would send to the president," he said.

"Dividing this country on racial lines is unacceptable," Governor Walz added. 

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