Jul 15, 2019

Trump on his racist tweets: "If you’re not happy here, you can leave"

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President Trump dug in further Monday as he defended his tweets attacking freshman congresswomen of color, denying that they were racist.

The big picture: During his comments at the White House, Trump again said that he didn't specifically name anyone in his tweets, despite the fact that four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley — have made headlines for clashing with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

  • Trump's Sunday tweets that kicked off the controversy implied that the congresswomen weren't born in the U.S., saying they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
  • Only Omar was born outside of the U.S., immigrating from Somalia and becoming a citizen in 2000. Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley are natural-born citizens.

What he said today:

  • "If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn't want to be in our country, they should leave."
  • "These are people that hate our country.... When they hear the way they talk about our country and, when I hear the anti-Semitic language that they use, I do not believe this is good for the Democratic Party. Certainly, not the party I have known over the years."
  • Trump also brushed off concern that the tweets were viewed as racist because he said that many people agree with him.

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President Trump continued his Twitter attacks on "Radical Left Congresswomen" on Monday, escalating his rhetoric one day after a racist string of tweets said that legislators should "go back" and fix their own countries before shaping American government.

"When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said. So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!"
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House condemns Trump for racist tweets

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The House voted 240-187 to condemn President Trump's racist tweets against 4 Democratic congresswomen of color on Tuesday, after an embattled argument on parliamentary procedure.

Context: House Republicans attempted to hold Speaker Nancy Pelosi's words out of order on Tuesday, after she said Trump's tweets against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib were racist. Trump said the congresswomen should "go back" to where they came from.

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Progressive Dems denounce Trump's "go back" tweet as "white nationalism"

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Democratic congresswomen hit back at President Trump Sunday, denouncing his tweet saying progressives should "go back" and fix the "crime infested places from which they came" as "white nationalism."

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