U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told a gathering of for the most part American-born Democratic congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” a comment that was condemned by Democrats as racist.
“So intriguing to see ‘progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who initially originated from nations whose administrations are a complete and absolute calamity… violently telling the general population of the United States… how our government is to be run,” Trump said in a progression of three remarks on Twitter.
While he didn’t make reference to names, Trump seemed, by all accounts, to be alluding to first-year Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – a gathering known as “the squad” that has been critical of Trump and furthermore of the current Democratic leadership of the House.
Just Omar, whose family left Somalia as refugees arrived in Minneapolis in 1997, was brought into the world outside the United States.
“Mr. President, the nation I ‘originate from,’ and the country we all swear to, is the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez, similar to Trump a local of New York City, reacted on Twitter. You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, has quarreled with the gathering in an inexorably severe intra-party battle, yet went to their guard Sunday alongside other Democratic partners. She called Trump’s remarks “xenophobic.”
“At the point when @realDonaldTrump advises four American Congresswomen to return to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has consistently been tied in with making America white once more,” she said on Twitter.
“Do I fit into the President’s classification?” U.S. Representative Dick Durbin on Illinois said “Face the Nation,” referencing his family’s Lithuanian legacy.
“Thank goodness,” he said of Omar’s journey from refugee to one of the only Muslim ladies chose for Congress, alongside Tlaib, a local of Detroit. “That is the thing that America holds as a fantasy. The president should not diminish it.”