Jul 20, 2019

Trump retweets prominent U.K. Islamophobe, "send her back" supporter

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Trump again amplifies tweets of U.K. fanatic

President Trump. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump retweeted British xenophobe Katie Hopkins on Saturday morning, sharing her attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan and German news media after a migrant allegedly hacked his former roommate to death in Stuttgart, Germany.

Why it matters: This is at least the 4th time in recent months that Trump has promoted Hopkins' predominantly Islamophobic messages on social media to his 62.2 million Twitter followers. Trump has bitterly criticized Kahn, London's first Muslim mayor, and has worked since the beginning of his presidency to block Muslims from entering the United States through a travel ban that includes Syria. Saturday's retweets come weeks after Trump told 4 members of Congress, 2 of them Muslims, to "go back" to where they came from.

Go deeperArrowAug 3, 2019

AOC: Trump's immigration policies are really about ethnicity and racism

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said at a New York City town hall Saturday that President Trump's "go back" tweets targeting her and 3 other Democratic congresswomen of color show his hardline immigration policies are really about racism.

Once you start telling American citizens to quote 'go back to your own countries,' this tells you that this president's policies are not about immigration, it's about ethnicity and racism."

Why it matters: Trump's associates told Axios' Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen that race-baiting is central to his 2020 strategy. Per Axios' Sara Fischer, much of Trump's Facebook spending is focused heavily on immigration messaging, as he targets older, white voters and Latino voters.

The big picture: During her town hall, broadcast on The National Desk's Facebook page, Ocasio-Cortez rejected Trump's claim that he tried to quiet a "send her back" chant directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) during a North Carolina campaign rally on Wednesday.

"Roll back the tape. ... He relished it. He took it in and he's doing this intentionally."

Go deeper: A tough time to be a Trump supporter

Keep ReadingArrowJul 21, 2019

Pelosi blasts Trump's attacks on Elijah Cummings and Baltimore

Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call

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