In a two-hour expletive-laden speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, President Trump mocked immigrant members of Congress and claimed that some of them hate the United States.
“We have people in Congress right now, we have people in Congress that hate our country,” Trump told the audience. “And you know that, and we can name every one of them if they want. They hate our country.”
The crowd responded with loud boos. Some shouted the name of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who immigrated to the US as a teenage refugee from Somalia, reports Buzzfeed News.
Trump suggested that these unnamed members of Congress made “very sad” comments about the country.
“How did they do in their country?” he continued. “Just ask them. How did they do? Did they do well? Were they succeeding? Just ask that question.”
“Somebody would say, ‘Oh, that’s terrible that he brings that up.’ But that’s OK. I don’t mind. I’ll bring it up.”
“How did they do in their country? Not so good. Not so good.”
Trump at #CPAC makes a racist comment targeting immigrant lawmakers.
"We have people in Congress right now that hate our country… how did they do in their country? …Not so good.
This is the POTUS speaking about US Reps.
This IS their country. pic.twitter.com/TrVCD5eZ0K
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) March 2, 2019
There are currently 13 foreign-born members of the House and just one in the Senate, according to the Pew Research Center. (All are Democrats.)
Trump also attacked Democrats and those investigating him as part of the Russia probe, saying his enemies are “trying to take [him] out with bullshit!”
The crowd chanted, “Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit!”