Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley (L-R), July 15, 2019 (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)

Implicitly responding to Donald Trump’s racist attacks on four Democratic Congresswomen, Michelle Obama calls for a celebration of “our America”.

Obama tweeted on Friday night:

Obama’s message was a refrain of her 2016 call for decency, “When they go low, we go high.” It amplified the words of the four Congresswomen — Reps. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — after Trump, campaigning for re-election 2020, launched his assault on Sunday night by telling the legislators to “go back…to your country”.

The quartet responded on Monday by elevating the issues on which they are campaigning, such as the environment, immigration, education, health care, and economic justice. Omar summarized, “I know that we’re focused on making [America] better. Because we don’t leave the things that we love — and when we love this country, we propose the solutions to fix it.”

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Pressley featured a higher national minimum wage — adopted by the House earlier this week — in a Friday retweet, and Ocasio-Cortez linked the environment, economy, and infrastruture in promotion of the Green New Deal:

She stood firm in another message:

Tlaib echoed:

And Omar, who was given a heroine’s welcome when she returned to Minnesota on Thursday for a Town Hall meeting, reiterated her message:

Trump Tries to Renew Offensive

Meanwhile, Trump tried to renew his attack after he was forced on Thursday, because of concern from GOP legislators, to retreat over his supporters’ chant of “Send Her Back” at his North Carolina rally the previous night.

Asked by reporters to repeat the disavowal of the crowd, including his lie that he tried to cut off the derogatory chant, Trump repeated insulting falsehoods about the Congresswomen:

No, you know what I’m unhappy with — the fact that a congresswoman can hate our country. I’m unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can say anti-Semitic things. I’m unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman, in this case a different congresswoman, can call our country and our people “Wgarbage”. That’s what I’m unhappy with.

Trump said the North Carolina crowd were “incredible patriots” and bristled at Omar’s challenge that the American people will end the Trumpian “nightmare”: “[She is] lucky to be where she is.”

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Later in the day, as he left for the weekend at his New Jersey golf club, Trump again declined to repeat the disavowal, persisting with the lies about his opponents:

ou know what’s racist to me, when someone goes out and says the horrible things about our country. The people of our country that are anti-Semitic, that hate everybody, that speak with scorn and hate — that to me is really a dangerous thing.