ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
(Audio: Trump at Greenville rally)
CAPITOL HILL – That was President Donald Trump at a Make America Great rally in Greenville, NC Wednesday night slamming far-left ‘squad’ member Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), with the crowd roaring “Send her back! Send her back.” Trump also suggested Omar may be “married to her brother.” (She has previously denied the accusation.)
The Greenville rally follows four days of attacks by Trump on Omar and three other progressive minority congresswomen, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), when he tweeted that they should “go back” to their countries. All are U.S. citizens. Three of the congresswomen were born in this country while Omar arrived in the U.S. as a teen refugee from Somalia.
Omar responded to rally chants by tweeting a quote from Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.”
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
-Maya Angelou https://t.co/46jcXSXF0B
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 18, 2019
In other news, the Trump administration is pushing back against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s optimistic tone for a quick budget and debt-ceiling deal.
A senior administration official told the Washington Post and Politico that Pelosi’s “new timeline sounds like happy talk from the speaker, who has been absent from talks for the last three months and now is trying to create momentum after a bad couple of weeks,” and added, “the reality is, we have a way to go.”
Pelosi told reporters that she is aiming to pass a combined deal by next Thursday, the day Congress is scheduled to leave for the August recess. In order to meet that deadline, Pelosi explained in her press conference:
(Audio: Pelosi “So if we are talking about next Thursday being on the floor we have to back up almost to this Friday to have an agreement reached so that we can duly note it because under the new rules we don’t count weekends in the 72-hour notice.”)
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill