President Trump on Sunday night doubled down on his earlier racist tweets telling a group of progressive Democratic congresswomen that they should “go back” to the countries that they came from.
“So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, ‘RACIST,'” Trump falsely claimed in a tweet.
“Their disgusting language and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged. If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior, then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!?” he continued.
….and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged. If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior, then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2019
In a string of early morning tweets, Trump took aim at “‘Progressive’ Democratic Congresswomen,” lashing out at them for “telling” the U.S. “how our government is to be run.” He suggested they should return to the countries “from which they came.” Continuing, he said “you can’t leave fast enough.”
Trump was commenting on the tension between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the group of four freshman progressives — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) — that has come to be known as the “squad.”
In response to the president’s tweets, Rep. Ted Lieu called Trump a “racist ass.”
Hey @realDonaldTrump: What makes America exceptional is we are a nation of immigrants. As an immigrant who served on active duty, I am appalled you are telling us to "go back."
I'm not going back. America is our home. And I will still be in Congress after your racist ass leaves. https://t.co/GHNkTlBEJr
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 14, 2019
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denounced Trump’s tweets as a “xenophobic” attack that reaffirmed his plan is to make “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.