Dem Congresswomen Hit Back At GOPers Who Chose Trump ‘Over Country’

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) listen during a press conference at the US Capitol on July 15, 2... WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) listen during a press conference at the US Capitol on July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on four progressive Democratic congresswomen, saying if they're not happy in the United States "they can leave." (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 17, 2019 7:53 a.m.

In their first interview since President Trump launched an all-out Twitter assault on Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), the four congresswomen called out Republicans who chose not to vote to condemn Trump’s racist commentary.

In a clip of the interview released Tuesday evening, Tlaib called Trump’s attacks — telling the four congresswomen of color to go back to their home countries, even though three of the four were born in the U.S. — a “distraction” and Ocasio-Cortez slammed Republicans for lacking “basic human decency.”

When CBS’s asked whether enough Republicans had spoken up to call Trump out for the insults, Ocasio-Cortez said: “Absolutely not.”

“We just held a vote today and not a single Republican could bring themselves, no matter what their public statement, or what their public gesture, or public discomfort, they could not bring themselves to have the basic human decency to vote against this statement the President made on the floor,” she said.

“They’re choosing him over country,” Tlaib added.

Four Republicans — Reps. Will Hurd (TX), Fred Upton (MI), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA) and Susan Brooks (IN) — and newly minted independent Justin Amash (MI) voted with Democrats to denounce Trump’s racist remarks.

Watch the clip below:

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