Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Responds To Trump's Twitter Tirade: 'You Hurt Immigrant Kids'

After a week of taunting tweets and remarks from President Donald Trump accusing her of hating America, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired back Sunday and accused the commander-in-chief of enacting policies that hurt Americans and immigrant youth.

She issued the retort after Trump released yet another Sunday morning missive attacking Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib—all of whom are progressive women of color and frequent targets of the president and Fox News.

"I don't believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country," the president wrote Sunday morning. "They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!"

Trump has repeatedly tried to frame the lawmakers' critiques of American policy — including their questioning of pro-Israel lobbying groups and their push for universal healthcare — as hatred for the country.

In an apparent effort to shift the conversation from the personal to the political, Ocasio-Cortez shared Trump's post, adding that she and her peers fight to guarantee healthcare, environmental protections, student loan forgiveness and "basic human rights."

She further compared those Democratic stances to the president's record, which she summarized as hiking prescription drug prices, appointing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos "to scam students" and hurting immigrant children.

Trump has long pilloried Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, a platform they have both proven adept at using for political gain. But the president's insults escalated in recent weeks, with two tweets sent on July 14 earning swift and widespread condemnation from Democrats and a few Republicans.

"So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run," Trump wrote.

He continued: "Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how."

Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were all born in the United States. Omar, meanwhile, came to the U.S. as a Somali refugee during grade school and became a U.S. citizen at 17.

In a striking move, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn Trump's use of racist language in those fiery missives. All told, all 240 Democrats voted in favor of the resolution, along with four Republicans—Rep. Will Heard of Texas, Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan—who broke party lines to repudiate Trump's writings.

Undeterred, Trump continued to express similar views in follow-up tweets and public statements.

At a North Carolina campaign rally on Wednesday, he focused his ire on Omar, in particular, inspiring his crowd of supporters to chant "Send her back!" repeatedly. Reportedly under pressure from Republicans and those within his inner circle, the president has since waffled between condemning the cries and supporting those who made them.

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a rally at Howard University May 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images
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