Ocasio-Cortez Calls Trump Tweet ‘Hallmark Language of White Supremacists’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is responding to a racist tweet from President Donald Trump instructing a group of progressive Democratic women in Congress to “go back” to their countries.

“It’s important to note that the president’s words [yesterday], telling four American Congresswomen of color “go back to your own country,” is hallmark language of white supremacists,” she wrote on Monday. “Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans.”

Though she wasn’t mentioned by name, Ocasio-Cortez is likely a member of the group referenced by the president. Since joining Congress in January, Ocasio-Cortez has made a name for herself as an outspoken progressive voice alongside fellow freshman Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

The congresswoman’s tweet comes after a tweet from the president instructing progressive Democratic congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, and Tlaib were all born in the United States, while Omar was born in Somalia before entering the United States as a refugee and later becoming a naturalized citizen.

Despite widespread condemnation from Democrats and the president’s other critics, Republicans in Congress have largely remained silent in wake of the president’s comment.

In a second Monday tweet, Ocasio-Cortez argued that Republican silence should be viewed as tacitly condoning the president’s attack.

“Is this their agenda?” she asked.

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I wish President Trump would be more careful with his language. I see no value in fueling the biased media with comments that can be leveraged as attacks on the President. That being said, lashing out at Ilhan Omar and her Squad of socialist firebrands hardly seems “racist” to me. I translated it as, don’t flee horrible political environments (such as Somalia) to seek Freedom in America, and then attempt to implement those horrible political policies here. But looks like the democrats are sticking with their guns. The Daily Beast published an op-ed this weekend titled “Trump is a Racist.… Read more »

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