In the wake of Trump’s tweetpocalypse from last week surrounding the “squad,” Colorado Republicans have been buzzing online about the four freshman female representatives of color.
In response, the Mesa County Republican Party’s Facebook page was popping off with some exceptionally controversial content over the weekend.
On Saturday, the page shared a meme explicitly echoing the sentiment in Trump’s tweet.
“If you hate America, leave,” states the Mesa Republicans’ post, below an uncolored drawing of the squad. “The border is open. Don’t forget your Nikes.”
Most of the comments on that post condemned it.
“This is sad and concerning,” one commenter wrote. “Differences of opinion is one thing, trying to divide and get rid of people is a whole other dangerous stance to take.”
“They don’t hate America,” she said. “They oppose the direction it’s taken and they obviously represent other Americans who share that” sentiment.
Another commenter said, “When all you got is telling citizens to leave, it’s painfully obvious you got nothin’. Has anyone actually ever taken you up on that?”
That post came just hours after the page shared a meme defining a racist as “someone who disagrees with a liberal,” which curried a much more positive response from commenters.
To a degree, it seems conservative activists have recently been shifting their focus from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is a practicing Muslim.
On Sunday, the Mesa County Republicans shared a screenshot of a tweet from Stephen Crowder – an online conservative pundit – calling Omar out for refusing to condemn Al Qaeda.
Interestingly, the post got almost no traction. One of the sole comments on the meme questioned whether Al Qaeda was even responsible for the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.
Although Omar did technically refuse to disavow Al Qaeda, the screenshot conveniently leaves out any and all context.
“I will not dignify [that question] with an answer,” Omar said, explaining her stance at the time, “because I know that every single Islamophobe, every single person who is hateful, who is driven by an ideology of ‘othering’ as this president is, rejoices in us responding to that and us defending ourselves.
“I do not expect every time there is a white supremacist who attacks or there is a white man who kills in a school or in a movie theater, or in a mosque, or in a synagogue, I don’t expect my white community members to respond on whether they love that person or not.”
As the work week began, the page turned away from race and back to less controversial, more traditionally Trumpian talking points.
Yesterday afternoon, the page shared a link to Rush Limbaugh’s online store, which now sells t-shirts emblazoned with the Betsy Ross flag.
A few hours later, the page shared a post criticizing Democrats for their handling of the Elian Gonzales case under the Clinton administration case almost two decades ago. Gonzales, a minor, was sent back to his home country of Cuba to be with his father, after his mother drowned.
“Remember when Bill Clinton and Janet Reno sent men with automatic weapons to kick a child refugee out of America and Democrats cheered?” the meme asked.