It's one for the history books, as they say. On July 16, 2019, Donald Trump was formally rebuked by the House (in a 240 to 187 vote) for his 'racist' tweets on four Congresswomen. The last time the House rebuked a president was William Howard Taft over a 100 years ago.
So what did Trump do? He told the four members of Congress to 'go-back' to the 'the crime infested places from which they came' instead of 'viciously telling' us 'how our government is to be run.
of the women were born in the U.S. and Ilhan Omar was a refugee from
Somalia. Not difficult to guess which country was largely responsible
for a proxy war in Somalia that overthrew a regime agreed to by warring
parties for a rare interlude of peace. The resulting civil war now
continues, and Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are home to more than 2
million Somali refugees. Others have ventured further, to the EU and
Trump's assessment of all this is uniquely Trumpian. He thinks he has won because he has now got Speaker Nancy Pelosi exactly where he wants her for the 2020 election ... in the arms of the squad of four, who he positions as radicals.
how radical are they? They want a living minimum wage, healthcare for
all -- something other developed countries already have -- a decent shot
at education, and they are strongly against Trump's policies on the
southern border. Finally, they want Palestinians to get a fair deal.
Steny Hoyer (aged 80) the Majority Leader and Nancy Pelosi (aged 79), the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, both with distinguished decades' long careers, starting together coincidentally as staffers in the office of Senator Daniel Brewster (Democrat, Maryland), have weathered difficult battles on critical issues as well as the rough and tumble of politics for many a year.
them the squad of four appear as upstarts with a brashness and energy
that have captured the attention of mainstream news, and had a
heretofore unseen impact on social media. They seem unwilling to
compromise, and speak as equals despite a half-century age difference
and a vast power gap in the House itself.
Not for them the lure of key committee appointments or other such carrots for a successful Congressional career. They are out and out idealists with a platform publicized positively thanks to left-wing websites and social media, and which can not be ignored by the mainstream outlets. The world has changed; no, these four have turned it upside down.