The US president Donald Trump told Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to where they came from. Three of the women he targeted were born and raised in the United States.
Democratic lawmakers have united in condemning US President Donald Trump as racist after he said that a group of progressive congresswomen should go back to the “crime infested places from which they came.”
Although Trump didn’t name who he was targeting, his message was almost certainly directed at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib — a band of recently elected Democrats known for their vocal opposition to Trump’s policies.
….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. 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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful Democrat in the lower chamber of Congress, said on Twitter that the comment “reaffirms” that Trump “has always been about making America white again.”
Ocasio-Cortez said she was from the United States and swore allegiance to the country, adding that the president could not “conceive of an America that includes us.”
When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again.
Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power. https://t.co/ODqqHneyES
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 14, 2019
Omar, Pressley and Tlaib and dozens of other Democratic lawmakers, senior party figures and presidential candidates also denounced the comment as racist and xenophobic in separate tweets. Republican lawmakers remained mostly silent.
Three of Trump’s apparent targets — Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib — were born and raised in the United States. Omar was born in Somalia and moved to the US when she was 12 years old.
You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.
“America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.” -RFK
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 14, 2019
Trump has repeatedly been accused of racism as a candidate and during his presidency.
Since 2015, he has said many Mexicans are “rapists,” called migration across the US-Mexican border an “infestation” and described some people attending a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia as “very fine people.”
Source: amp/se (AP, AFP)