This morning (July 14), Donald Trump woke everyone up with a series of racist tweets in which he suggested a group of progressive congresswomen “go back to where they came from.”
Not only were the tweets blatantly racist, but also wildly stupid considering three of the women – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Talib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) – were born in the United States, and Ilhan Omar (D-MI), who was born in Somalia, fled with her family as a child and has been a U.S. citizen for decades.
Here are the tweets in case you missed them:
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
....it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
All four women are fighting back and have each clapped back on Twitter in their own brilliant, unique way.
Omar, who Trump has targeted in the past as not being American, says her attempts to protect the U.S. from the president’s horrid agenda is at the root of his hatred for her.
You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 14, 2019
“America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.” -RFK
Ocasio-Cortez says Trump has to stoke fear because it’s the only way he can institute his racist and divisive agenda and rhetoric.
You are angry because you don’t believe in an America where I represent New York 14, where the good people of Minnesota elected @IlhanMN, where @RashidaTlaib fights for Michigan families, where @AyannaPressley champions little girls in Boston.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 14, 2019
But you know what’s the rub of it all, Mr. President?— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 14, 2019
On top of not accepting an America that elected us, you cannot accept that we don’t fear you,either.
You can’t accept that we will call your bluff & offer a positive vision for this country. And that’s what makes you seethe.
Talib kept her message simple: “He needs to be impeached.”
Want a response to a lawless & complete failure of a President?— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 14, 2019
He is the crisis.
His dangerous ideology is the crisis.
He needs to be impeached.
Pressley says this is just the latest example of Donald Trump’s racism and that it won’t stop her from fighting for her constituents.
THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like. And we’re not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday. pic.twitter.com/vYzoxCgN0X— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) July 14, 2019
Since Trump’s series of xenophobic tweets, social media has widely condemned his message. Many politicians, including some on the right, have branded the president’s comments what they are: uncalled for and racist.
This latest nasty outburst is right out of Donald Trump’s playbook. Suggesting that an American is un-American to stir up racist fear in his voting base is what he tried to do over and over again with President Barack Obama. It’s also a strategy Donald Trump Jr. attempted just a few weeks ago when he promoted the idea that Sen. Kamala Harris wasn’t African-American.
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