Trump's tweets at Democratic women of color denounced as racist

16 Juillet, 2019, 12:11 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The spokesperson of the outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks on several minority Democratic lawmakers telling them to "go back" to the "places from which they came" are "completely unacceptable".

Some Republicans spoke up against Trump's suggestion that the women should "go back" to the countries they came from.

His Twitter messages on Sunday had said that four left-wing lawmakers, known in Congress as "the squad", should go back to " the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came". Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Presley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, four outspoken critics of the Trump administration's violent anti-immigration policies, three out of four of whom were born in the United States, not that it matters.

Trump did not names them in his Sunday tweets, but he appeared to refer to representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of MA and Rashida Tlaib of MI.

Three of the four women Trump was apparently referencing were born in the USA; none is white.

Asked whether the comments were racist, both Johnson and Hunt declined to use that term however.

Speaking at the White House, Trump said people he described as critical of the United States should leave the country. "I'm surprised she'd say that".

Such a resolution could put Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress in an awkward position, forcing them either to vote against their party's leader, who has strong support among conservatives, or to effectively defend his statements.

Trump's attacks elevated the profiles of the four progressive Democrats, who have helped push the party's agenda to the left, causing concern among Democratic moderates who are eager to hold onto their seats in the 2020 election. On Monday, he was defensive after she attacked his tweets: "Speaker Pelosi said 'make America white again, ' let me tell you that's a very racist, that's a very racist statement".

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Senator Tim Scott of SC, the only black Republican senator, said Trump made "unacceptable personal attacks" and used "racially offensive language". She is the wife of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who had made no comment on Trump's attacks as of midday Monday.

Trump regularly used racially charged language during his campaign and continued in his presidency. The comments came as USA authorities prepared raids to round up undocumented immigrants for deportation.

The Democrats' measure says the House is "committed to keeping America open to those lawfully seeking refuge and asylum".

After the press conference US Senator and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Mr Trump's remarks "destructive, demeaning, and disunifying".

Trump was accused of being racist and divisive by many Democrats after suggesting that four female Democratic lawmakers, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, should return to the "broken and crime infested places from which they came". "Come back if you want, don't come back, it's OK too. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder", she said. "I think that's wrong", he said.

Trump's tweets followed days of reported tensions between Pelosi and more progressive caucus members, such as Ocasio-Cortez, as they seek to build on their 2018 midterm victories.

Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the president who golfed with him over the weekend, advised him to "aim higher" during an appearance on Fox and Friends, even as he accused the members in question of being "anti-Semitic" and "anti-American".

When Trump said there were good people "on both sides" of a white supremacist neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of a protester, then-House Speaker Paul Ryan said Trump "messed up".


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