US Representatives Ayanna Pressley speaks as, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez look on during a press conference, to address remarks made by US President Donald Trump earlier in the day [Brendan Smialowski/AFP]

Washington, DC – The four Democratic congresswomen who were attacked by US President Donald Trump in racist tweets over the weekend said on Monday they will “not be silenced”, and instead turned their attention to the treatment of immigrants detained at the border, healthcare and education, among other issues. 

US Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayana Pressley and Rashida Tlaib told reporters that Trump’s attacks are a “distraction” from his policies, and encouraged people to not “take the bait”. 

“This is simply a disruption, a distraction from the callous, chaotic

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