Congressmen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, all American citizens, accused the president of being racist. Trump didn’t explicitly mention women by their names, but the context and references made clear who it was, who are the lawmakers he referred to as «the squad» and who are at the center of this political storm? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, often referred to as AOC, caused a stir within the Democratic Party last June when she defeated veteran political veteran and institutional favorite Joe Crowley in the party’s primary election.
He won the Seat in the House for Republican candidate Anthony Pappas, in the midterm election in November, becoming, at 29, the youngest congressman in history.
She was born in the Bronx of New York City, the daughter of parents of Puerto Rican descent. She holds degrees in Economics and International Relations from Boston University, and worked as a community coordinator, educator and waitress before running into public office.
Since its election, the self-proclaimed «socialist democrat» has become the subject of criticism by the political right.
But Ocasio-Cortez has not shyed away from being the center of attention, making frequent use of social media to lash out at Republicans, the media, and other critics on a wide range of controversial issues, including immigration, poverty and race.
He has gained fame for his passionate testimony during Congressional hearings, which are often circulated among his nearly five million followers on Twitter.
In particular, it has been very vociferous in advocating for an environmental policy, as one of the sponsors of the Green New Deal resolution, which urges the Us to achieve a zero level of net greenhouse gas emissions in addition to other Goals.
Nor has he had hair on his tongue about his criticism of the president.
In an interview with CBS’ news program, shortly after taking the oath of office to the House of Representatives, Ocasio-Cortez stated that «there is no doubt» that Trump is a racist.
«The words he uses… are historical discriminatory messages veiled by white supremacy,» he said. «The president certainly didn’t invent racism, but he’s definitely given him a voice.»
Ilhan Omar is the first U.S. lawmaker of Somali origin.
Ilhan Omar, a congresswoman who is serving her first term, won the seat representing Minnesota in the House of Representatives last November, becoming the first U.S. lawmaker of Somali origin.
Her family arrived in the country as a refugee from Somalia, settling in Minneapolis in 1997, after the civil war in the African country. In 2000 he received U.S. citizenship.
At 37, three children, she is one of only two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress.
Prior to her election, she served in the Minnesota state legislature, making her the highest-ranking Somali-born American in a public office in the U.S.
His unprecedented tenure in office has earned him both admiration and criticism.
Shortly after his election, he received praise for his fight to change the 181-year ban against the use of veils in the lower house, which allowed him to carry a Hijab when he took the oath of office.
But Omar has also been repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism.
She was forced to apologize for a series of tweets in February that suggested that the Israeli American Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) paid to influence pro-Israel policies.
Lawmakers from both parties claimed that such shared messages on Twitter stowed anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money.
Omar posted a statement in which he apologized «unequivocally» of his messages on the social network.
«Anti-Semitism is real and I thank my Jewish colleagues and allies who are educating themselves on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,» she wrote.
Rashida Tlaib (left, with Ilhan Omar) is the first woman of Palestinian origin to serve in Congress.
Like the other congressmen, the election of Rashida Tlaib this November also made history.
The Michigan Democrat is the first woman of Palestinian origin to serve in Congress. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Tlaib is the daughter of immigrant Palestinian parents. Her grandmother still lives in the West Bank.
He swore an oath to the post wearing a traditional Palestinian costume that was sewn by his mother.
Tlaib also joined Omar as one of only two Muslim women to be elected to Congress.
The eldest of 14 siblings, Tlaib became the first person in her family to graduate from high school, and then from college and law school.
Since taking office, Tlaib has been a vociferous critique of the president. He attracted controversy by using an improperium when he called a impeachment of the president.
But in a message on Twitter she expressed herself unresenting herself over the controversy caused by her statements, saying that «I always tell the truth to power.»
Ayanna Pressley was the first woman from an ethnic minority to be elected to the Boston City Council in its 100-year history.
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, 45, is the first African-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress representing the state of Massachusetts.
Born in Cincinnati and raised in Ohio, Pressley is the only child of a single mother.
After attending Boston University, he worked as principal assistant to Rep. Joseph P Kennedy II, and worked for Senator John Kerry for 13 years.
Her own political career began in 2009, when she launched a successful campaign to the Boston City Council, becoming the first woman of an ethnic minority to be elected to that entity in its 100-year history.
Like Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley’s election to the House of Representatives was a big political surprise: in party primary, he unswed veteran Congressman Michael Capuano, who had held 10 terms in office.
Since taking office in January, Pressley has openly advocated for the right to abort and pressure to repeal an amendment that prevents Medicaid (the U.S. government’s health insurance program for people in need) cover the expenses of stopping the uevenness of the pregnancy to low-income people.
As a survivor of sexual violence, Pressley has also advocated for better protection for assault victims. «People who are closest to pain should be closer to power,» he said on his website.