Trump just launched an appalling, openly racist attack on progressive Democratic women of color

On Sunday morning, President Trump launched a disgustingly racist attack on the four Democratic Representatives at center of a public feud between the House Progressive Caucus and Democratic leadership.

He literally told them to “go back to where they came from” and to fix the governments in their countries of origin, slandering them as “corrupt and crime-infested places” before implicitly demanding Speaker Pelosi do something about them.

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Though he didn’t call them out by name, it was obvious that he’s referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Rep, Ayanna Pressley (D-IL), the most prominent women of color in the House.

The president falsely implied that they were not US-born citizens; Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and Pressley were all born in the United States while Omar immigrated to the United States and became a citizen in 2000.

The political conflict between the “squad” as they’ve come to be known around Washington and Democratic leadership began last week when the House voted to approve $4.6 billion in funding for ICE, ostensibly for humanitarian relief at the border but with very few restrictions on what the money could actually be spent on.

Concerned that the money would be used for immigration enforcement or expanding detention centers, the Progressive Caucus voted against the bill and publicly criticized the rest of their party for passing it.

Shortly after the bill passed, ICE began immediately moving migrants to three new detention centers, managed by private prison companies, in Louisiana. Seeing as no new money has been allocated for detention centers, it appears the Progressive Caucus’ was right to be concerned about how the money was going to be spent.

Speaker Pelosi publicly reprimanded in them in. “You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just okay,” the Speaker is reported to have said in a closed-door meeting, just days after taking swipes at the group in an interview with the New York Times.

Ocasio-Cortez did not appreciate this, and complained about “the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

Smelling blood in the water, Trump has seen his opening and pounced with one of the more abhorrently racist things we’ve seen from him in a long time, likely after watching a segment about the relatively tame feud on FOX News.

Even prominent conservatives like the Federalist‘s David French, were horrified by the President’s remarks:

 

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Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.


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