What’s the difference between Donald Trump and Representatives Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ihlan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley?
Those four women of color have the gall to say that America belongs to them too.
Donald Trump has the gall to say that America belongs to him alone.
The racist occupant of the White House further stains the carpet by claiming that elected Representatives of the American people should leave the country rather than critique our nation’s policies. Those targeted Representatives responded yesterday to Trump’s “ideology of othering” with well-considered words worthy of public democratic discourse aimed at reassuring our children of America’s real values and redirecting our attention to the real policies this country needs:
When I was a little girl, my father took me to the reflecting pool here. We were on a roadtrip from New York to Florida as a family…. It was my first time ever visiting Washington D.C…. He rested me on the side of the Reflecting Pool and had my toes dip in the water, and he had me look at the Washington Monument, had me look at the Capitol, had me look at the entirety of the capital of our great country. And he looked at everything and he pointed to all of it, and he said, “This belongs to all of us. This belongs to you and it belongs to me.”
And so the first note that I want to tell children across this country is that no matter what the President says, this country belongs to you, and it belongs to everyone.
…We don’t leave the things that we love. When we love this country, what that means is that we propose the solutions to fix it. We love all people in this country, and that’s why we believe health care is a human right. We love all children in this country, and because we do, that’s why we fight for education for all children through college [Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, press conference, 2019.07.15]
These women are Americans. These women love America. These women are qualified to run America; the current occupant of the White House is only qualified to run America down.