A wave of Democratic presidential candidates took to Twitter this week to condemn President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE for a series of tweets suggesting four nonwhite progressive congresswomen to “go back” to other countries “and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday tweeted, “When I call the president a racist, this is what I’m talking about.”
When I call the president a racist, this is what I’m talking about
We must stand together for justice and dignity towards all. https://t.co/lweeJk7NoF
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 14, 2019
Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) called Trump’s remarks an “un-American” and “racist attack.” Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) added in her own tweet, “This *is* their country, regardless of whether or not Trump realizes it.”
Let’s call the president’s racist attack exactly what it is: un-American. pic.twitter.com/fDeC5ka01F
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 14, 2019
Let’s be clear about what this vile comment is: A racist and xenophobic attack on Democratic congresswomen. This *is* their country, regardless of whether or not Trump realizes it. They should be treated with respect. As president, I’ll make sure of it. https://t.co/WupieDquLA
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 14, 2019
The series of rebukes from Democratic White House hopefuls came after the president sparked uproar on Sunday morning when he tweeted that unnamed progressive congresswomen “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Trump did not specify to which lawmakers he was referring, but the comments were widely interpreted as targeting Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Defunding the police: Put it to a vote McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Over 1,400 pro athletes, coaches call on Congress to back bill ending qualified immunity Biden’s right, we need policing reform now – the House should quickly take up his call to action MORE (D-Mass.). All four are U.S. citizens, and only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the U.S.
A number of other Democratic presidential contenders issued similar condemnations of Trump’s remarks Monday as the president dug in on his attacks.
“Trump is obsessed with trying to make American [sic] HATE again,” New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE (D) tweeted, echoing comments he made Sunday to CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCarson says issues over systemic racism are ‘very uncommon now’ Congressional Black Caucus chair says ‘a lot of’ House GOP interest in police reform bill National security adviser blames ‘a few bad apples,’ says there’s not systemic racism in law enforcement MORE.
Trump is obsessed with trying to make American HATE again. https://t.co/by2jjc4gtG#RacistPresident
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) July 15, 2019
“More than 24 hours have passed since Trump’s racist attacks on @IlhanMN, @AOC, @RashidaTlaib and @AyannaPressley, and not one Republican has stood up to condemn them. Shameful and embarrassing,” Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee calls on Trump to ‘stay out of Washington state’s business’ Seattle mayor responds to Trump: ‘Go back to your bunker’ Trump warns he will take back Seattle from ‘ugly Anarchists’ if local leaders don’t act MORE (D) tweeted Monday.
More than 24 hours have passed since Trump’s racist attacks on @IlhanMN, @AOC, @RashidaTlaib and @AyannaPressley, and not one Republican has stood up to condemn them. Shameful and embarrassing.
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) July 15, 2019
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro also spoke out strongly against the remarks on Monday on CNN’s “New Day.”
“It’s disgusting, it’s racist…everybody knows that the President acts like a white supremacist,” Castro said Monday.
“It’s disgusting, it’s racist…everybody knows that the President acts like a white supremacist,” 2020 Democratic presidential candidate @JulianCastro says about President Trump’s tweets attacking the progressive freshmen congresswomen.https://t.co/B4W6Mqyq4npic.twitter.com/17u2NCHTfw
— New Day (@NewDay) July 15, 2019
Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMinnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen Congress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left MORE (D-Ohio) called the tweets “racist, un-American and unpresidential,” while Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonEx-CBO director calls for more than trillion in coronavirus stimulus spending Overnight Defense: Trump’s move to use military in US sparks backlash | Defense officials take heat | Air Force head calls Floyd’s death ‘a national tragedy’ Democrats blast Trump’s use of military against protests MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted Sunday “The president thinks if you’re not white, you’re not an American,” adding that he believed there was a “constitutional duty” to impeach Trump.
“I don’t know what else to say but Donald Trump is a racist and a criminal and we have a constitutional duty to impeach him,” Moulton tweeted.
This is racist, un-American and unpresidential. pic.twitter.com/00NqWBpaSE
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) July 15, 2019
The president thinks if you’re not white, you’re not an American.
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) July 14, 2019
Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperGun control group rolls out first round of Senate endorsements The Hill’s Campaign Report: Republicans go on attack over calls to ‘defund the police’ Hickenlooper ethics questions open him up to attack MORE (D) added that Trump’s “racist and xenophobic comments” were “beneath the dignity of the presidency.”
.@realDonaldTrump’s racist and xenophobic comments this week are beneath the dignity of the presidency. I’m glad to see the House taking swift action to condemn his hateful rhetoric. https://t.co/sDtwpn4R38
— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) July 15, 2019
Trump on Monday denied he was being racist and expressed no remorse when told that white nationalist groups found common cause with his message, adding that members of Congress “hate our country,” harbor hatred of Jews and love for terrorist groups and are “free to leave” the U.S. if they choose.
Ocasio-Cortez earlier on Monday had slammed Trump for using the “language of white supremacists” in telling a group of Democratic congresswomen that they should “go back” to the countries they came from.
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