President Trump spoke publicly on Monday about his racist tweetstorm and tripled down on his attacks against the Democratic congresswomen, saying that if they– and others — don’t “like it in the U.S., they can leave.”
When Fox News reporter John Roberts asked Trump if he has any concerns about using the rhetoric of white supremacists, the president said he’s not concerned because “many people agree with me.”
“Mr. President, does it concern you that many people saw that tweet as racist, and that white nationalist groups are finding common cause with you on that point?” Roberts asked.
“It doesn’t concern me, because many people agree with me, and all I’m saying, they want to leave, they can leave now,” Trump said.
He continued: “It doesn’t say leave forever. It says leave, but what it says and what that, John, what that says is if they’re not happy with the United States, if they’re doing nothing but criticizing us all the time, you see these people walking down criticizing the United States, we just hit the highest stock market in history. All of these incredible manufacturers that are in, these are great business people, they employ many people and we have workers with us too. They’re having the best year they’ve ever had. Can I say that, is that a correct statement?”
Trump, asked if he has concerns that he's using the language of white supremacists and many view his tweets as racist, says: "It doesn't concern me because many people agree with me." pic.twitter.com/C0ranRv6vg
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 15, 2019
Trump in a set of racist tweets Sunday targeted an unidentified group of progressive congresswomen “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” and suggested they “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Without mentioning any Congress member by name in his weekend tweets, the implication was that he was referring to the four members of the so-called “Squad,” including first-term Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)
Trump’s Sunday tweets were deemed as racist by several lawmakers.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said they were “xenophobic comments” which “reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again.”
Representative Justin Amash, who earlier this month announced his decision to leave the Republican party, blasted Trump’s tweets as “racist and disgusting.”
In response to the president’s tweets, Rep. Ted Lieu called Trump a “racist ass.”
Rep. Tlaib hit back by saying on Twitter: “Want a response to a lawless and complete failure of a president? He is the crisis. His dangerous ideology is the crisis. He needs to be impeached.”