Jul 14, 2019

Trump tweets nativist attack on female Democrats

Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted a nativist attack on Democratic congresswomen Sunday, arguing that legislators should "go back" and fix their own countries before attempting to shape American government.

What they're saying: Trump claimed Democratic congresswomen who come from struggling nations but criticize America's government should "go back." House Speaker Pelosi responded that the comments serve as evidence that Trump's "plan to 'Make America Great Again' has always been about making America white again."

Between the lines: As pointed out by Media Matters for America's Matthew Gertz, Fox News had been touting similar condemnations of the progressive women just minutes before Trump's tweets.

Reality check: Trump didn't specifically name anyone he thinks should "go back," but of the 4 progressive Democratic congresswomen in headlines for clashing with Pelosi — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley — only Omar is an immigrant to the United States.

Editor's note: This post has been clarified to change "immigrant legislators" to "legislators" in the first paragraph.

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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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Trump escalates attacks on Democratic congresswomen of color

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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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.

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