Shortly after telling several Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to their countries, sparking widespread outrage, President Donald Trump again took to Twitter to blast the group of Democrats.
“So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, ‘RACIST’,” he wrote in one of the tweets.
He then continued by saying they used “disgusting language” to talk about the U.S., which he claimed “must not be allowed to go unchallenged.”
“If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior, then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!” another one of his tweets read.
Earlier in the day, Trump attacked a group of progressive congresswomen, most likely Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, saying they “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe,” comments that immediately provoked a backlash.
He then suggested that these lawmakers “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
His comments were quickly labeled racist, especially considering that all of the congresswomen except Omar were born in and are citizens of the United States. Many lawmakers stood behind the congresswomen, demonstrating unity within the Democratic party it has recently lacked.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who not long ago was accused by Ocasio-Cortez of targeting women of color, also stood in defense of her fellow Democratic congresswomen, condemning the President’s language on Twitter.
“When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again,” she wrote shortly after Trump’s initial tweet.
Ocasio-Cortez herself was likewise quick to respond to President Trump’s criticism, saying he was “angry because (he) can’t conceive of an America that includes us.”
“You rely on a frightened America for your plunder,” she added. “But you know what’s the rub of it all, Mr. President? 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.”