Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the four congresswoman who've been deemed "The Squad," have consistently faced attacks from conservative groups in recent years. While President Donald Trump has been largely responsible for spearheading the verbal abuse against the women, his supporters have also followed up with more vitriol language, expressing their intolerance for The Squad's progressive efforts.
As the attacks continue, the congresswomen refuse to be silenced. Often using social media, the women have made a habit of clapping back at their haters. Here are nine moments in which The Squad notably checked some of their biggest critics.
Responding to Trump's rant during the final presidential debate
The latest clash between the congresswomen and Trump came after the presidential debate on Thursday. While criticizing Joe Biden’s climate change plan during the debate, the President decided to namedrop The Squad.
"You know who developed it? AOC plus three,” Trump said, hoping to shame Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues for their effort to combat climate change.
"They know nothing about the climate,” the 74-year-old said. “I mean she's got a good line of stuff, but she knows nothing about the climate, and they're all hopping through hoops for AOC plus three. Not a real plan, it costs 100 trillion dollars."
The congresswomen responded collectively on Twitter, sharing a photo of themselves together.
"Living in his head rent free is something," Pressley wrote.
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) October 23, 2020
Reminding Trump they won't be told where they belong
Last year, after Trump spewed more racist rhetoric, telling the congresswomen to go back to their country and accusing them of not liking America.
“I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our country,” he wrote. “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!”
Each one of The Squad members delivered a stern response after the President's tantrum.
“We fight to guarantee: healthcare, public college & student loan forgiveness, enviro protections, living wages, basic human rights,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "You jack up drug prices, appoint Betsy DeVos to scam student loans, hurt immigrant kids."
We fight to guarantee:
– public college & student loan forgiveness
– enviro protections
– living wages
– basic human rights
We don’t take a dime of corporate money, either.
– Jack up drug prices
– Appoint Betsy DeVos to scam student loans
– Hurt immigrant kids https://t.co/bUsXt1h8uT
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 21, 2019
Tlaib responded with an an infographic, showing what the Democrats are working on while the President stays busy tweeting.
"He tweets. We take action," she wrote.
Omar, a naturalized citizen from Somalia, didn't let anybody dictate where she belongs.
???????? I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal! pic.twitter.com/W0OvDXGxQX
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 18, 2019
The women also addressed Trump's racist rhetoric at a press conference, People reported.
“This is simply a disruption and a distraction from the callous, chaotic and corrupt culture of this administration,” Pressley told reporters.
Adding to her statement on Twitter, Pressley said Trump's view "is what racism looks like," but The Squad is "what democracy looks like."
"And we’re not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday,” she wrote.
THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like. And we’re not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday. pic.twitter.com/vYzoxCgN0X
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) July 14, 2019
AOC setting just the slightest bit of time aside for Fox News
At times, the women had to respond with nothing but laughs after seeing the comical attempts of their haters trying to take them down. Fox News was hit with another one of their clap backs after posting a graphic of the congresswomen's agenda, which includes free college for all, free healthcare, abolishing ICE and getting a Green New Deal.
"Oh no! They discovered our vast conspiracy to take care of children and save the planet," Ocasio-Cortez said in response to the network's attempt to smear The Squad.
Oh no! They discovered our vast conspiracy to take care of children and save the planet ???? pic.twitter.com/XYWXmi3Xyk
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 14, 2018
And setting the standard
Fox News took another shot at Ocasio-Cortez in 2018, trying to highlight one of her popular phrases as a dangerous rhetoric.
"Get used to me slaying," the network's graphic stated in giant letters.
The congresswoman gladly used the graphic as a slogan.
"Thank you Fox News for making all the campaign graphics I never knew I needed," she said.
Thank you Fox News for making all the campaign graphics I never knew I needed pic.twitter.com/TtaWR0PsOZ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 16, 2018
Pressley reminding that she's fly and fresh
As Blavity previously reported, Pressley's most notable clapback moments came when she responded to trolls who mocked her new look in the wake of her alopecia diagnosis. Making a mockery of the disease that causes hair loss, bullies referred to the congresswoman as "Mr. Clean."
"Dear Trolls. You really think I look like 'Mr. Clean?' Please. He never looked THIS clean," Pressley said in response. "Sorry not sorry my unapologetically rockin' my crown triggers you. Proud #alopecian."
Dear Trolls. You really think I look like "Mr. Clean" ? Please. He never looked THIS clean. Sorry not sorry my unapologetically rockin' my crown triggers you. Proud #alopecian
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) February 6, 2020
And telling the "Beckies" that they're just that
Pressley delivered another epic clapback last year when former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway tried to be cute. According to Business Insider, Conway mocked a dispute between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the four Squad members, who voted against a $4.6 billion emergency border bill.
"Major Meow Mashup with @SpeakerPelosi brushing back anti-humanitarian border aid fresh-women @AOC @IlhanMN @AyannaPressley @RashidaTlaib," Conway tweeted.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) July 9, 2019
That's when Pressley coined the nickname "Distraction Becky."
"Oh hi Distraction Becky," the congresswoman wrote. "Remember that time your boss tore babies from their mothers' arms and threw them in cages? Yeah take a seat and keep my name out of your lying mouth."
.@KellyannePolls oh hi Distraction Becky. Remember that time your boss tore babies from their mothers’ arms and threw them in cages? Yeah take a seat and keep my name out of your lying mouth. https://t.co/dS8saIssX8
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) July 9, 2019
Omar reminding Trump about his many failures
Last month, Trump took another shot at Omar and once again met the wrath of the Somalian native.
"She’s telling us how to run our country. How did you do where you came from?" the President said at a Pennsylvania rally.
Trump on Ilhan Omar: She’s telling us how to run our country. How did you do where you came from? pic.twitter.com/XLSRZd6yFf
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 22, 2020
The 38-year-old congresswoman took a stand as a proud American citizen and reminded the President of his massive failings.
Firstly, this is my country & I am a member of the House that impeached you.
Secondly, I fled civil war when I was 8. An 8-year-old doesn’t run a country even though you run our country like one. https://t.co/zcKKjdC8ju
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 23, 2020
AOC letting a Florida rep. know "b***hes get stuff done"
Earlier this year, Ocasio-Cortez called out Florida Rep. Ted Yoho, who allegedly referred to the New York Rep. as a "f**king b***h" on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
As Blavity previously reported, a reporter overheard the comment from Yoho as the two representatives were walking past each other. During the brief exchange, the Florida lawmaker insulted Ocasio-Cortez and criticized her for a comment she previously made about poverty and unemployment in New York possibly causing an increase in crime during the pandemic.
The congresswoman later addressed the matter on Twitter.
I never spoke to Rep. Yoho before he decided to accost me on the steps of the nation’s Capitol yesterday.
Believe it or not, I usually get along fine w/ my GOP colleagues. We know how to check our legislative sparring at the committee door.
But hey, “b*tches” get stuff done. ????????♀️ https://t.co/WlG3xccwR7
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 21, 2020
And representing for her Puerto Rican roots
Ocasio-Cortez proudly described her background in 2018 after Florida Representative Ron DeSantis referred to her as "whatever she is."
"You look at this girl Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is, I mean, she’s in a totally different universe,” DeSantis said in a video, as Blavity previously reported. “It’s basically socialism wrapped in ignorance.”
Suspecting that DeSantis may be confused, Ocasio-Cortez gave a quick lesson about her roots.
Rep DeSantis, it seems you‘re confused as to “whatever I am.”
I am a Puerto Rican woman. It‘s strange you don’t know what that is, given that ~75,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida in the 10 mos since María.
But I’m sure these new FL voters appreciate your comments! https://t.co/xJlroSe5Hs
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 23, 2018
According to Newsweek, Ocasio-Cortez's mother was born in Puerto Rico while her father is from the Bronx.
Crafting policies and clapbacks at the same damn time. We love us some congresswomen who can do both.