You Can Disagree With His Language, but Trump Is Right About 'The Squad' | Opinion

The last few days of the American "news cycle" have been consumed by the heated back and forth between President Donald Trump and the Marxist-leaning "Gang of Four" Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. I use quotes because we really don't have news cycles in America anymore. We have rounds of orchestrated Trump-bashing by media and activists.

This latest "cycle" involves the president confronting the four freshman congresswomen, none of whom appear to embrace any love of the American Constitution, free markets or individual liberty. He then completely redirected the entirety of the mainstream news media by way of the following three-part tweet:

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. 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.... is done. These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough. I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

The outcry from all of the usual suspects was swift and deafening. While there is no such thing as a political seismic meter, if there were, it might well have registered among the highest readings of the Trump presidential run since it began in 2015. To borrow a word from President Barack Obama—who was responding to then–Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's actually racist comments about the then–presidential candidate's skin tone and dialect—regardless of how "inartful" Trump's phraseology may have been, his point was clearly made, and he was right on target as usual.

Since these women have taken office, they have effectively used their intersectional identities as shelter from very deserved criticism. Trump is not criticizing these congresswomen because they are women of color; he's criticizing the ideas they espouse. They express the most outrageous statements of hatred against America, Israel and the president, all while raising the shield of racism against refutations of their destructive ideas.

Ocasio-Cortez is an openly declared socialist. I won't mince words here: All those who say that they are socialists, while they may or may not be decent people and well-intentioned, are expressing an open hatred and hostility toward the United States of America.

The United States was founded and built on the ideas of Aristotle and John Locke while directly repudiating the ideas of Plato and Rousseau. The first thinkers gave birth to the Scottish and American Enlightenments, the latter to the bloody French Revolution and Karl Marx.

We are a federal republic centered on representative government, the ownership of private property, the building of a middle class and limited centralized power. To say you love America and embrace socialism is like saying you are a die-hard Yankees fan but always cheer for the Red Sox when the two face off.

Omar has repeatedly made anti-Semitic statements. While they do get reported by conservative media platforms, the mainstream media either ignores them or mitigates their severity. They cover for her. And yet, it seems the freshman congresswoman from Minnesota can barely control her open hostility against Jewish people.

Tlaib, another congresswomen who has made frequent anti-Semitic statements, has likened the State of Israel to slave-owning America. Her regular incendiary remarks get the same sort of MSM treatment as do Omar's: downplayed, explained away and then justified, usually by some talking-head professor on cable news willing to use some pseudo-intellectualism as cover for scapegoating the Jewish people.

Just recently, Pressley referred to border security agents of color as being simply "a cog" in a machine of oppression. This statement is transparently racist and condescending, and it's just another version of the "Uncle Tom" labeling that has been leveled against Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Dr. Ben Carson and other non-white people who do not fit ideologically into their racial bullying.

"The Squad," as they have nicknamed themselves, is deliberately attempting to replace 250 years of successful Americanism with the utter failure of Marxism. They know exactly what they are doing, and judging by the recent Trump-bashing-cycle impact, they are taking ground.

The president followed up his initial volley on Monday, tweeting in part:

We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of Communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own Country, they're calling the guards along our Border (the Border Patrol Agents) Concentration Camp Guards, they accuse people who support Israel as doing it for the Benjamin's,...

...they are Anti-Semitic, they are Anti-America, we don't need to know anything about them personally, talk about their policies. I think they are American citizens who are duly elected that are running on an agenda that is disgusting, that the American people will reject...

Again, you can disagree with his language and rail against his use of Twitter, but all of his points are correct —except maybe for the last part. There are countless men and women, just like these four congresswomen, who are too committed to channeling their inner Saul Alinsky. If my experience on college campuses is any gauge, they stand a very good chance of convincing many more people that their hate is the answer.

While they are called the Squad, I think calling them the Gang of Four might be more appropriate because of the historical communist flavoring the label evokes. No matter what they are called, the president's point is this: They certainly need to take their Marxist ideas and their collectivist ideology back to where they came from.

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Represeentative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks as Representatives Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15 in Washington, D.C. Alex Wroblewski/Getty

The most destructive imports ever to enter into the United States were socialism and communism. The battle between Trump and four congresswomen leading a party that increasingly champions these ideas, is helping to force Americans to confront the stark reality of the moment we are in as a nation. Say whatever you will about the president's tactics, there can be no question as to his love of our country.

Likewise, there can be no question as to where the Gang of Four stands either. Their cover has been torn away, and the lines have been drawn. Heading into 2020, the choice for the future direction of America has never been clearer.

Charlie Kirk is the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, the nation's largest and fastest growing conservative youth organization with a presence on over 1,400 college and high school campuses; he is also host of "The Charlie Kirk Show."

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own. Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of Karl Marx; we regret the error.