UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday denounced President Donald Trump’s tweet calling for a group of progressive Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to their countries as “completely unacceptable.”
Trump on Sunday said “Progressive Democrat” politicians who had criticized him should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Without mentioning any Congress members 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.)
“The prime minister’s view is that the language used to refer to these women was completely unacceptable,” a Downing Street spokesman said Monday, reports the HuffPost.
….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
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.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who is from New York, tweeted: “Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ and the country we all swear to, is the United States.
“You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.”
Pressley also responded on Twitter, adding: “THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like.”