Trump’s Tweet Was Condemned as Racist. His Response: No, They’re the Racists. – The New York Times

[Analysis: No president in modern times has made appeals to the resentments of white Americans as overtly as President Trump.]

On Sunday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to the president and suggested he was advocating white nationalism.

“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,” she said in a Twitter post.

Tensions between Ms. Pelosi and the four liberal representatives have been simmering for months, and last week came to a head when Ms. Pelosi pointedly said they had no following in Congress. The four lawmakers, who call themselves “the squad,” opposed a $4.6 billion aid package for the border, approved by Congress, because, they said, it supported Mr. Trump’s immigration policies.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez on Monday wrote on Twitter that Mr. Trump’s language was common among white supremacists.

“Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans,” she wrote.

Mr. Trump’s Twitter assault also addressed tensions from earlier this year when Ms. Omar sent jolts through her own party for criticizing Israel and suggesting that supporters for Israel were pushing for “allegiance to a foreign country.”

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