“So sad to see Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion,” the president wrote. “Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, ‘RACIST.'”
….and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged. If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior, then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2019
“Their disgusting language and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged,” he added, urging his supporters to defeat Democrats at the ballot box in 2020.
The president kicked off a firestorm early Sunday with a tweet directed at progressive Democratic congresswomen, writing, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Though Trump didn’t mention the members of Congress by name, it’s likely his tirade was referring to Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) Omar was born in Somalia before migrating to the United States as a refugee and eventually becoming a naturalized citizen. Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez, and Pressley are all natural born citizens of the United States.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has feuded within her party with the outspoken progressive group of freshman congresswomen, condemned the president’s tweet on Sunday and said it “reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again.”
“I reject [Donald Trump’s] xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation,” she added.
Trump’s initial tweet was widely labeled as racist by his critics, but Republicans in Congress have largely remained silent.