President Donald Trump on Sunday night, July 14, fired back at Democrats accusing him of racism after he told a group of Democrat congresswomen that they should “go back” to the countries where they came from.
“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,'” Trump tweeted. “Their disgusting language… and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged.”
He continued, “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!”
The tweets were a response to outrage over tweets Trump made earlier on Sunday in which he targeted a group of unnamed progressive congresswomen “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.”
In the tweets, Trump suggested the lawmakers “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Though he did not mention any congresswoman by name, the tweets appeared to be aimed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). They all had comments hating Israel as Trump mentioned.
Israel National News reported:
Ocasio-Cortez has come under fire after saying the United States operated “concentration camps” on its southern border, she previously said that cutting military and economic aid to Israel as a way to signal opposition to Israeli policies should be “on the table.”
Omar was criticized after she suggested on Twitter that Republicans were attacking her at the behest of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC. She subsequently issued a halfhearted apology before ultimately deleting the controversial tweets.
Tlaib claimed in an interview in May that Palestinian Arabs living in the British Mandate prior to the establishment of the State of Israel “provided” a safe haven to Jews after the Holocaust.
She has also backed BDS and, when asked in a past television interview whether she would vote against military aid to Israel when she goes to Congress, replied “absolutely.”
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stuck up for ‘progressive’ Democrat congresswomen by tweeting, “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. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.”
But, others pointed out that if the president had racist motives he would have never invited the same people to “come back and show us how it’s done.”
As does his whole family. Jew, Legal Immigrant, or natural born citizen. pic.twitter.com/eK3I57E7yg
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) July 14, 2019
Anyone who says the president told members of Congress to go back to where they came from is lying.
He told them to “Then come back and show us how it is done.” pic.twitter.com/7pmb0DNz1c
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) July 14, 2019
Here’s a synopsis of Trump’s tweet:
“If you think you can fix America’s problems, go back to your corrupt home country, fix theirs, then return and show us how it is done.”
Nothing even REMOTELY xenophobic or racist.
Only a complete racist themselves would see racism in that.
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) July 14, 2019