Trump told four minority Democrat congresswoman to go back and fix their own countries.
By World Israel News Staff
President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that a group of minority Democrat congresswoman should “go back” to the countries “from which they came” given the way they “viciously” tell Americans “how our government is to be run.”
Only one of the four Trump singled out for criticism, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), is foreign born, having moved from Somalia. He has singled her out before, saying “she shouldn’t even be in office” given her statements echoing anti-Semitic tropes.
The other congresswomen Trump referred to were Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
The president’s complete comments, which carried through in a series of tweets, were:
“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. 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. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
In the last tweet, Trump was referring to ongoing friction between House Majority Leader Pelosi and the younger Democrats.
The targeted Democrats responded on Twitter.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ & the country we all swear to, is the United States,” adding that “You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.”
Omar addressed Trump in a tweet, writing: “You are stoking white nationalism (because) you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.”
Tlaib tweeted, “Yo @realDonaldTrump, I am fighting corruption in OUR country. I do it every day when I hold your admin accountable as a U.S. Congresswoman. Detroit taught me how to fight for the communities you continue to degrade & attack. Keep talking, you’ll be out of the WH soon. #TickTock.”
The Democratic presidential candidates also weighed in on Trump’s comments, charging him with racism and sowing division.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, speaking to reporters in Pelham, New Hampshire, said “This president is hurting our country and bigotry like he just spewed is something that we need to end in this nation.”
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke tweeted, “This is racist. These congresswomen are every bit as American as you — and represent our values better than you ever will.”
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also tweeted that Trump’s comments were “a racist and xenophobic attack.”
California Sen. Kamala Harris, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, all voiced their disapproval.
AP contributed to this report.