Jul 22, 2019

Siemens CEO: Trump is becoming "the face of racism and exclusion"

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Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser issued a rare blow to President Trump from the business community on Saturday, tweeting in German that he "finds it depressing that the most important political office in the world is turning into the face of racism and exclusion."

Why it matters: The president often touts his strong relationship with the business world, and hasn't been afraid to hit back at companies like Nike and Amazon who endorse anti-Trump views or otherwise get under his skin.. Kaeser, who heads one of the largest manufacturing companies in Europe, joins a number of international leaders — including German Chancellor Angela Merkel — in condemning Trump's recent racist outbursts.

Driving the news: Kaeser's tweet was a response to an article about the "send her back" chants directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar a Trump rally last week. The president has wavered between condemning the chants and defending his supporters as "patriots."

Go deeper: Stephen Miller says Trump's attacks on America are out of love for the country

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Pelosi blasts Trump's attacks on Elijah Cummings and Baltimore

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump of racism again on Saturday, after he described Rep. Elijah Cummings' congressional district as "the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States."

The big picture: This is the second time this month that Trump has publicly attacked a black member of Congress. He told Rep. Ayanna Pressley and 3 other congresswomen of color to "go back" to their countries earlier this month, which his rally-going supporters echoed in chants last week.

Go deeperArrowJul 27, 2019

National Cathedral: Trump's tweets give cover to white supremacists

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Washington National Cathedral's leaders said Tuesday that President Trump uses "dangerous" and "violent dehumanizing words" to attack minority lawmakers and the city of Baltimore — warning that "violent words lead to violent actions."

"[T]hey are a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists who consider people of color a sub-human 'infestation' in America. They serve as a call to action from those people to keep America great by ridding it of such infestation."
— Statement by Washington National Cathedral leaders
Go deeperArrowJul 31, 2019

Obama shares ex-staffers' op-ed accusing Trump of poisoning democracy

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Former President Barack Obama shared Saturday a Washington Post op-ed by his former staffers, which criticizes President Donald Trump for his treatment of minority groups and for derogatory comments about 4 congresswomen of color.

"We stand with [the] congresswomen ... as well as all those currently under attack by President Trump, along with his supporters and his enablers, who feel deputized to decide who belongs here — and who does not. ... We refuse to sit idly by as racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia are wielded by the president and any elected official complicit in the poisoning of our democracy."
— Obama former staffers, Washington Post op-ed
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