In a series of tweets Sunday morning, President Donald J. Trump said something to four Democratic Congresswomen of color that would make George Wallace blush:

“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 it 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!”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were born in America. Rep. Omar (D-MN) was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and is an American citizen. Congresswoman Omar has resided in the U.S. since she was ten years old.

While I will not dissect President Trump’s odious comments, his despicable and heinous behavior all points to the following: Trump gets aroused by power and will get as close to the line as possible (without outright cursing or shouting epithets in public) in order to create an air of deniability when asked about any inferences in his comments.

Sunday evening, Trump’s war on non-white people continued on Twitter when he connected the Democratic Party as a group that supports terrorism, hates Israel and is not a good arbiter of good behavior. 

Coupled with the backdrop of the nefarious actions and lack of morality concerning the concentration camps along the U.S. Border (and the failed ICE raids this past weekend), when will enough be enough for the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, to finally follow the road map laid out in the report provided by former Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller? 

Furthermore, when will Pelosi be bothered enough to bring forth impeachment proceedings against Trump?

For six months, Pelosi has had the speakership gavel and has not done much with it. In late June, Pelosi was attempting to construct a spending package that provided funds to the U.S. Border with Mexico. 227 of the 231 Democrats voted with Pelosi. The four individuals that opposed the bill were “The Squad” because there were no guardrails that provide oversight on how the money would be spent.

The Squad is made up of four freshman Congresswomen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. The quartet was elected in November 2018 as part of the Blue Wave with the mission of standing up to the Draconian policies of President Trump. 

On July 11, Speaker Pelosi said in a New York Times interview that the four freshmen “have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter, “That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”

Saturday afternoon, Pressley spoke at the Netroots Nation Conference in Philadelphia and expressed her displeasure with individuals within the Democratic Party who strive for diversity simply to fill quotas, rather than effecting change.

“This is the time to shake that table, this is the time to redefine the table. … We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice,” Pressley reportedly said during the event. “We don’t need any more black faces that don’t want to be a black voice.”

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post about Pelosi. “But the persistent singling out. . . it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful. . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

Conversely, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has backed Pelosi through the previous election cycle is currently frustrated with “The Squad,” because it is no longer business as usual on Capitol Hill. 

On May 22, Pelosi said, “In any event, I pray for the President of the United States and I pray for the United States of America.”

In the consequential times where the news is inundated with child rape allegations by Jeffrey Epstein, a former Labor Secretary that aided and abetted said conspirator of aforementioned crimes (Alexander Acosta), 24 women—to date—have accused Trump of sexual assault, leading up to last week’s dog-whistling by Pelosi that paved the way for Trump’s bullhorn Sunday morniwng. 

It’s become apparent that Pelosi is too comfortable in her Speakership. She loves the progressive movement, but would rather wait for President Trump to “self-impeach” himself.

Waiting for impeachment to be politically expedient is not the best option for Pelosi. The Commander in Chief is riveted by entertainment and controversy. 

America will be captivated by the hearings, wake the electorate up from its exhaustion from the slow drip of scandalous headlines and be compelled to react one way or another, which is the single reason why the Blue Wave became a thing in 2018.

The Squad seems to be keeping that same energy because they understand the Right has pulled centrists into Trump’s moral abyss. The rest of the Democratic caucus also must recognize this.

United States President Donald J. Trump told four U.S. Congresswomen, left to right, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to leave the United States. Images: Associated Press

Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...

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