Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denounced President Trump on Sunday over his “xenophobic” attack telling a group of progressive lawmakers to go back to where they came from, saying the tweet reaffirmed that Trump’s plan is about “making America white again.”
“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,” Pelosi said on Twitter. “Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.”
I reject @realDonaldTrump’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. Stop the raids – #FamiliesBelongTogether!
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 14, 2019
Pelosi said she rejected Trump’s “xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation.”
“Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values,” she continued.
Trump’s Sunday morning tweetstorm did not identify any members of Congress by name, but the tweets came after he defended Speaker Nancy Pelosi amid tensions with four progressive freshman Democrats: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). All of the four except Omar, who is a U.S. citizen, were born in the United States.
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Trump said in an early morning string of tweets.
“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 it is done,” he added. “These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough.”
Omar was born Mogadishu, Somalia, before coming to the U.S. as a refugee with her family. Pressley was born in Cincinnati, while Tlaib was born in Detroit. Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York.
Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) denounced the remarks as “racist.”