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Another week, another eyebrow-raising moment from President Donald Trump. This time around, Trump appeared to go after four freshmen congresswomen also known as “The Squad”—Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ayanna Pressley. But there’s more: Lawmakers and members of Trump’s administration have made headlines this past week for their own equally eyebrow-raising comments, from Rep. Mike Kelly’s “POC” statement to….Kellyanne Conway. Need I say more?
Ahead, some of the most insane quotes from American politicians, associates, and…Trump from the past week.
President Trump told four American congresswomen to go back to where they came from.
President Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to seemingly criticize the four freshmen congresswomen. “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly…..,” he wrote in one tweet before adding, “and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.”
He followed up by suggesting that “they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
A white Republican congressman said he’s a person of color.
Following Trump’s Twitter rant, several politicians chimed in, including Rep. Mike Kelly who made an ill-advised comment that he considers himself a person of color. “You know, they talk about people of color. I’m a person of color. I’m white,” he told Vice News. “I’m an Anglo Saxon. People say things all the time, but I don’t get offended.”
A congressman said four Democratic congresswomen are “the reason there are directions on a shampoo bottle.”
Senator John Kennedy came to President Trump’s defense and said he didn’t believe Trump’s comments were racist. Speaking to Fox News’s Tucker Carlson earlier this week, Kennedy said the four congresswomen are “entitled to their opinion. They’re Americans. But I’m entitled to my opinion, and I just think they’re left-wing cracks, and they’re the reason there are directions on a shampoo bottle. I think we should ignore them.”
Then he called those congresswome “the four hoursewomen of the apocalypse.”
Sen. John Kennedy’s criticism of Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ayanna Pressley didn’t stop there, he even went as far as to call the women “the four horsewomen of the apocalypse” and added that “they’re entitled to their opinion. But I’m entitled to say that they’re whack jobs.”
Another GOP congressmen offered to fly those congresswomen out of the country.
Rep. Ralph Abraham took President Trump’s side by bashing The Squad on Twitter.
“There’s no question that the members of Congress that @realDonaldTrump called out have absolutely said anti-American and anti-Semitic things,” he wrote. “I’ll pay for their tickets out of this country if they just tell me where they’d rather be.”
Kellyanne Conway asked a reporter “What’s your ethnicity?”
During a press conference earlier this week, Kellyanne Conway was asked what Trump meant when he told the four congresswomen to “go back” to where they originated from. “What’s your ethnicity?” she asked the reporter, instead of answering his question. When the reporter told her his ethnicity wasn’t relevant to the question, she went on a rant, saying “a lot of us are sick and tired in this country of America coming last.” She also attacked “a bunch of Hollywood D-listers who have nothing else to do but sit on their asses on Twitter all day.”
Kansas’s former Secretary of State said he didn’t know if he’d support an admitted racist for president.
When asked by Chris Cuomo if he would still support President Trump if Trump explicitly stated he was a racist, Kobach took a second to think before saying, “Um, I don’t know.” Shocked by Kobach’s response, Cuomo said, “You have to think about whether or not you would support a racist?” to which Kobach hit back, “That’s a really tough question.”