Trump says he's 'not unhappy' with racism fight's result
In a brief phone call with DAILY Mail the president said he's 'not unhappy' with the result of this week's Washington, D.C. fight that left him branded a racist.
He believes 'the race card' is Democrats' last remaining weapon against him.Trump said his game of political tennis with Nancy Pelosi, as 'the squad' called her a racist and he rushed to her defense was 'amazing'.
He said he has been the victim of the Democratic Party's 'race card' to a greater degree than anyone else in history Said later at the White House he believes he's 'winning' the political fight with the progressive women he offended, known as 'the squad' 'I'm not relishing the fight.
I'm enjoying it because I have to get the word out to the American people,' he argued.
'Look, they played the race card on Nancy Pelosi.' he said. 'She then – it's one of the all-time classics, they played it on Nancy Pelosi! And I came to her defense.'
He added: 'She then, a week later, played it on me! It was rather amazing.'
Asked if he planned that sequence of events and the one that followed yesterday, which ended with the passage of a resolution condemning him, he paused.
'Well, let's put it this way,' Trump he'd said. 'I'm not unhappy.'
The president also slapped at a quartet of newly elected lawmakers on the Democratic Party's left fringe.
As he left the White House, the president denied that he was taking pleasure in the fight that united Democrats against him, however. The party passed a resolution in the House rebuking 'racist' comments he made with the support of four Republicans.
'I'm not relishing the fight. I'm enjoying it because I have to get the word out to the American people. And you have to enjoy what you do. I enjoy what I do. It's not a question of relishing. They're wrong, they're absolutely wrong,' he said. 'That's not where our country wants to be. We're not going to go, and we're not going to be a socialist country.'
He insisted he was 'winning' and that Democrats are 'making a big mistake' embracing the far-left legislators.
'I do think I'm winning the political fight. I think I'm winning it by a lot,' he said. 'I think that they are not espousing the views of our country, the four congresswomen.'
The president accused them of making 'unthinkable' remarks that he'd never get away with.
'They're going so far left, they're going to fall off a cliff,' he said of the Democratic Party. 'But who knows, that's up to them.'
Without naming the congresswomen collectively known as 'the squad,' he scoffed at the idea that they have the moral high ground in the battle that has gripped the nation's attention since he tweeted Sunday that they should 'go back where they came from.'
The president has come under intense fire as he has crossed swords with the four – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib – because three of them were born in the United States.
He glided past that facet of the controversy on Wednesday, questioning whether their hands were clean.
'This whole thing with, you know, these people are just so – you know, they try and make themselves out to be innocent!' he said.
'Take a look at their quotes from the last two years. You won't even believe the horror – the horrible quotes that they have.'
He has been critical of Rep. Omar's past anti-Semitic comments that suggested pro-Israel lawmakers decide their allegiences for money – 'for the Benjamins' – and that American Jews may not be trustworthy because, she has said, their loyalties are split between two countries.
On the South Lawn he suggested that Omar may have married her brother, commenting on a claim that the congresswoman has denied. He said he's sure that it's being looked into.
The claim percolated before her election and has not been proven. She says that related allegations that she wed her sibling to skirt immigration laws are false.
Trump told a reporter who asked about it on Thursday, 'I know nothing about it. I hear she was married to her brother. You're asking me a question about it.'
Trump said he believes his economic successes have given him a buffer of political safety that leaves Democrats with no choice other than to paint him as a bigot.
'The only thing they have, that they can do is, now, play the race card,' he said. 'Which they've always done.'
Asked how far he thinks his adversaries will go to rebrand him, he said he has already been subjected to the most aggressive use of 'the race card' in the Democrats' history.