NEW YORK (AP) — United States (US) Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told constituents last Saturday that US President Donald Trump enjoyed hearing a crowd at his rally call for a US congresswoman to return to the country where she was born.
The Democratic legislator spoke in New York for the first time since Trump again criticised her and three other minority Democratic congresswomen last Friday for saying what he called “horrible things” about the US. He suggested they leave, though all are US citizens.
“We’re going to stay right here, that’s where we’re going to go,” Ocasio-Cortez shared her response to Trump’s suggestion that American citizens “go back” with constituents at a Queens town hall on immigration issues. “We’re not going anywhere.”
US Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a naturalised US citizen, came from civil war-torn Somalia as a child refugee. US Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and US Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ocasio-Cortez were born in the US.
At Trump’s North Carolina rally last Wednesday, the crowd chanted “Send her back!” about Omar.
Ocasio-Cortez rejected the President’s claim he had tried to quiet them.
“He said, ‘Oh I stopped it immediately,’” she said. “Roll the tape, he didn’t; he kind of presided over the situation, he relished it, he took it in and he’s doing this intentionally.”