‘Completely unacceptable’: British PM, U.S. Democrats decry Trump tweets as racist
‘Completely unacceptable’: British PM, U.S. Democrats decry Trump tweets as racist
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20 July, 2019, 11:28
His tweets follow days of reported tensions between U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and more progressive members of her caucus as they seek to capitalize on their 2016 midterm victories ahead of next year's presidential and congressional elections.
"You don't expect to hear it from the president of the United States", de Blasio said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.
"Her view is that the language which was used to refer to the women was completely unacceptable", May's spokesman told reporters.
"Their disgusting language and the many awful things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged".
Kamala Harris, a Democrat 2020 presidential candidate, said Mr Trump's remarks were "absolutely racist and un-American".
Ms Pelosi quoted Mr Trump's tweets and described them as "xenophobic". Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ayanna Pressley of MA - all women of color.
"If Democrats want to unite around the foul language and racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular and unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out".
Asked during a leadership debate whether they agreed with May that the comments were unacceptable, both frontrunner Boris Johnson and foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said they did.
The attacks also appeared to target Rashida Tlaib of MI, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, and Ayanna Pressley of MA, who is African-American.
In response to his tweets, Ocasio-Cortez, who was born to a Puerto Rican family, also took to Twitter on Sunday night, said that the "the country where I "come from" and the country we all swear to, is the United States". "Then come back and show us how.it is done".
Trump's tweets, made on Monday, are believed to be aimed at Ilham Omar, who has been at the centre of an anti-semitism row over comments she had previously made about Israel.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the president who golfed with him over the weekend, advised him to "aim higher" during an appearance on "Fox and Friends", even as he accused the four Democrats of being "anti-Semitic" and "anti-American".
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Phillips also took to Twitter, saying: "Shameful words, Mr. President".
"If you look at his wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say, she probably - maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say, you tell me", he said. "We must work as a country to rise above hate, not enable it".
Ocasio-Cortez shared the following message with the President.
"I don't think that the president's intent any way is racist", said Short, repeatedly pointing to Trump's decision to choose Elaine Chao, who was born outside the country, as his transportation secretary. He also said he was unbothered by statements of support from white nationalists, who say they hear common cause in the President's statements.
Democrat Beto O'Rourke called the comments "racist", while Elizabeth Warren said it was a "racist and xenophobic attack".
The trans-Atlantic relationship has been rattled in the last two weeks by the Mail on Sunday newspaper's publication of leaked diplomatic cables from Britain's ambassador in Washington criticizing the Trump administration.
Trump also accused the four Democratic congresswomen - who are of Hispanic, Arab and African-American origin - of having "love" for U.S. "enemies like Al-Qaeda". "I urge our President immediately disavow his comments", he wrote.
Instead, Democrats as one voice denounced the comments, which evoked the old racist trope of telling a black person to go back to Africa.
In his campaign kickoff in June 2015, Trump deemed many Mexican immigrants "rapists".
"Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans", she said.
Repeatedly, Trump has painted arriving immigrants as an "infestation" and he has been slow in condemning acts of violence committed by white supremacists.
Three of the four women Trump was apparently referencing were born in the USA; none is white.
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