Ocasio-Cortez: Trump comments ‘hallmark language’ of white supremacists | TheHill – The Hill
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillary Clinton responds to Trump tweets telling Dem lawmakers to ‘go back’ to their countries Trump doubles down after telling Democratic congresswomen to ‘go back’ to their countries #RacistInChief takes off on Twitter after Trump tells Dems to go back where they ‘came from’ MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN’s Camerota clashes with Trump’s immigration head over president’s tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump ‘Bigot-in-Chief’ Trump complains of ‘fake polls’ after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE 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.
“It’s important to note that the President’s words [yesterday], telling four American Congresswomen of color ‘go back to your own country,’ is hallmark language of white supremacists,” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, one of four freshmen lawmakers at whom the comments were apparently directed.
“Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans.”
It’s important to note that the President’s words yday, telling four American Congresswomen of color “go back to your own country,” is hallmark language of white supremacists.
Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 15, 2019
Trump in a tweet Sunday appeared to target an unnamed group of progressive congresswomen “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.”
In the tweets, which seemed to be directed at Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarLA Times editorial board labels Trump ‘Bigot-in-Chief’ NYT’s Friedman repeatedly says ‘s—hole’ in tirade against Trump on CNN Foreign-born lawmaker: Trump’s not going to tell me to ‘go back to my country’ MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibKasich calls on Republicans to condemn ‘deplorable’ Trump tweets LA Times editorial board labels Trump ‘Bigot-in-Chief’ NYT’s Friedman repeatedly says ‘s—hole’ in tirade against Trump on CNN MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyKasich calls on Republicans to condemn ‘deplorable’ Trump tweets LA Times editorial board labels Trump ‘Bigot-in-Chief’ NYT’s Friedman repeatedly says ‘s—hole’ in tirade against Trump on CNN MORE (D-Mass.), the president suggested they “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
All four of the freshman congresswomen are U.S. citizens, and only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the U.S. The comments have widely been condemned by the Democratic Party as racist.
Trump doubled down on the comments Sunday night, making clear to whom his comments were directed in his initial tweet.
“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 PelosiNancy PelosiNYT’s Friedman repeatedly says ‘s—hole’ in tirade against Trump on CNN GOP lawmaker: Trump’s tweets ‘obviously not racist’ On the USMCA, Pelosi can’t take yes for an answer MORE, ‘RACIST,'” Trump said in a pair of tweets.
The remarks came after a week of infighting among House Democrats. The dust-up came after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made remarks about the first-year congresswomen in an interview with The New York Times last weekend that some perceived to be dismissive.
The tensions within the party escalated after Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post that she felt Pelosi was targeting women of color, though the New York Democrat said she doesn’t believe the Speaker is racist.
Pelosi called Trump’s comments “xenophobic,” arguing that the president’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan is really about “making America white again.”
Ocasio-Cortez had previously responded to Trump’s tweets, saying that “the country I ‘come from,’ & the country we all swear to, is the United States.”