Uproar at Trump's 'racist' tweets, but Republicans mostly stay quiet
Uproar at Trump's 'racist' tweets, but Republicans mostly stay quiet
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrives in Downing street in London
16 July, 2019, 16:13
The four US congresswomen attacked by US President Donald Trump in a series of racially charged tweets have dismissed his remarks as a distraction.
Ocasio-Cortez sent four tweets of her own, saying Trump was "angry" because he doesn't "believe in an America" where women like those in the Squad are elected to Congress.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the congresswomen should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries they came from, despite the fact that all are American citizens and three were born in the U.S.
Three of the women were born in the USA and one, Ms Omar, was born in Somalia but came to the USA as a child.
"But if you're not happy in the US, if you're complaining all the time, very simply, you can leave", Trump said.
Democrats universally condemned Trump's comments as racist and divisive.
President Trump's comments are the latest in a string of criticism against Reps. He cited "Congresswomen" - an almost-certain reference to a group of women known as "the squad" that includes Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of MA and Rashida Tlaib of MI.
President Trump doubled down at the White House, verbally attacking these non-white congresswomen, and he tripled down on Twitter later on.
Of the four lawmakers, Trump said, "These are people that, in my opinion, hate our country". They hate our own country. She has faced criticism for refusing to back calls to impeach him.
Even after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced a resolution against Trump was being drafted, Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah Sen.
Ms Omar ignited a bipartisan uproar in Washington several months ago when she suggested that some members of Congress support Israel because of money, while Ms Tlaib riled up a supportive crowd by calling the president a profane name and predicting he would be removed from office.
"The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four "progressives", but now they are forced to embrace them", Mr Trump boasted.
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Trump has a history of what critics consider race-baiting.
"This is the agenda of white nationalists, whether it is happening in chat rooms or happening on national TV and now it's reached the White House garden", she said.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have responded via Twitter to the remarks.
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The media response has bolstered the Democrats by criticizing Trump's remarks as "racist" and "xenophobic", while avoiding terms like "fascist" and "Nazi-like", which would more accurately describe the political significance of his statements and would call into question the complacent and utterly passive response of the Democratic Party.
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With an uneven response from leaders on Capitol Hill, it fell to rank-and-file Republicans to deliver some of the more critical rebukes.
Following the outcry, the four women told reporters they wanted to re-focus attention on to the President's policies.
During Monday's "Made in America" event, the president insisted the US has to defend its borders, and will do so and build a wall, despite any legal challenges. As president, very little has happened on wall construction and Mexico has resolutely refused to pay for a wall.
He sparked a furore after saying the women "originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe" and they should go home. "In these words or something close, the woman said, 'Go back to your country'". Only Omar was born outside of the United States.
One Republican ally of Trump's, Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, piled on, calling the women "communists" and "anti-American" as he also sought to nudge the president to focus on their policies. America has never been stronger than it is now - rebuilt Military, highest Stock Market EVER, lowest unemployment and more people working than ever before.
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