President Trump earned wide condemnation after a string of racist tweets over the weekend in which he suggested a group of Democratic congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
But as has become his custom, President Trump refused to apologize for the racist remarks. A reporter asked Trump if he’s concerned that “white nationalist groups are finding common cause with you,” at the White House on Monday.
“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump shot back. “All I’m saying, if they want to leave, they can leave. Now, it doesn’t say leave forever — it says leave if you want.”
He went on to accuse his targets of “doing nothing but criticizing us all the time” before bragging about the recent stock market bump.
Trump, asked if he has concerns that he's using the language of white supremacists and many view his tweets as racist, says: "It doesn't concern me because many people agree with me." pic.twitter.com/C0ranRv6vg
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 15, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was among those critical of Trump too, defending her young colleagues in a tweet, writing “when Donald Trump 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.”
Though Trump never named his targets, the tweet appeared to be aimed at a group of four progressive women of color elected to Congress in 2018. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the apparent targets, called the tweets “hallmark language of white supremacists.”
The Oval Office tweets served to unite a Democratic caucus that was suffering from some infighting between those young progressive congresswomen and the party bosses. Speaker Pelosi announced Monday that the House would vote to condemn the racist tweets, saying “our caucus will continue to forcefully respond to these disgusting attacks.”