After US president Donald Trump made disparaging remarks towards several congresspeople he dislikes, many on both sides of the aisle have been criticizing what the president said.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted “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 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 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!”
Many saw this as an attack on a group of four freshman Democratic women in Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib Michigan, who have championed strongly progressive policies. One of the biggest issues people had with Trump’s tweet is him saying “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” implying they should go back to where they came from and leave the US. All except Ilhan Omar, born in Somalia but was naturalized, were born in the US.
The four congresswomen that Trump was implied to be insulting held a press conference to why what Trump said was wrong and racist. At the press conference, besides denouncing what Trump said as racist, warned that it should be seen as more of a distraction from what Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) is doing. Despite there being some ambiguity on who Trump was originally referring too, he did mention Omar by name when talking about it recently and Ocasio-Cortez when tweeting a quote by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham about what Trump said.
The tweets by Trump prompted many Democrats to call Trump a racist for this comments, including the House speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose office put out a statement condemning Trumps remarks. Many Republican Congresspeople also spoke out against what Trump said, though many of it was tempered with agreeing with parts of Trump’s tweets.
Democrats in the House have also announced that they will soon vote to pass a resolution condemning the recent tweets by Trump as xenophobic. A resolution like this will most likely be passed in the House on a partisan basis and will only serve to reiterate who supports Trump and who doesn’t. The resolution will have no legal or policy ramifications.