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Michelle Obama says diversity 'makes America great' in epic response to Trump's 'racist' rant against AOC and 'the squad'

Trump tweeted Sunday that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib should "go back" to where they came from if they didn't like it in the U.S.
UPDATED JUL 21, 2019

Michelle Obama chimed in on the ongoing feud between President Trump and the four Democratic Congresswomen notoriously known as "the squad."

"What truly makes our country great is its diversity. I've seen that beauty in so many ways over the years," Obama tweeted Friday. "Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there's a place for us all. We must remember it's not my America or your America. It's our America."

The remarks come shortly after Trump tweeted Sunday that the far-left Congresswomen should "go back" to where they came from if they didn't like it in the U.S., Daily Mail reports.

Former first lady Michelle Obama discusses her book "Becoming" at Barclays Center on December 19, 2018, in New York City. (Getty Images)

While he didn't take any names, it was presumably an attack on freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

This week, the Democrat-dominated House of Representatives responded by voting to condemn Trump's comments as "racist."


Meanwhile, the commander-in-chief doubled down on his comments Friday saying they had said horrible things about the United States and that if they were unhappy living there, they should leave.

While Trump did not approve of his audience chanting "Send her back!" for Somalia-born Representative Ilhan Omar at a campaign rally in North Carolina, he defended the crowds Friday, calling them "incredible patriots."

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks as Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) listen during a press conference at the U.S. 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." (Getty Images)

Addressing reporters on the White House South Law moments before flying to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for the weekend, Trump acknowledged the four congresswomen have a constitutionally protected freedom of speech, but also pointed out he has the right to respond to their criticism.

"Yeah, they have First Amendment rights, but that doesn't mean I'm happy about them," he said. "And again, we have First Amendment rights also—we can certainly feel and say what we want."

Omar is "lucky to be where she is", the president said. "Let me tell you, and the things that she has said are a disgrace to our country."

Furthermore, the president said he did not care whether the argument helped him politically. Earlier this week, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said a majority of Republicans approved and supported his comments.

"I don't know if it's good or bad politically, I don't care," he said. "If the Democrats want to embrace people that hate our country... it's up to them."

Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez responded with a tweet Friday, saying the Republican Party "wants to send us back: Back towards injustice, Back to the denial of science, Back to the times when women needed permission slips from men, Back to racism - But we won't go back. We will move forward."