Trump Attacks AOC And Other Freshman Congresswomen Of Color In Racist Twitter Rant Telling Them To Go Back To Their Country
We think it’s safe to say that the president of the United States is an unrepentant bigot. For example, the Muslim Ban and the internment of South American migrants at the borders are both works of pure xenophobia. Also, we can recall those rumors of an infamous recording that allegedly has the business-man-turned-politician dropping the N-word.
So, it’s no surprise when Trump goes off on racist tangents about Black and brown people pretty regularly. In his latest bigoted explosion, the president’s target is Congressional women of color.
Sunday morning, the president went on a racist Twitter rant aimed at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other freshman congresswomen of color
In the tweets, Trump condemned what he called “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen.” These tweets are directed at Representative Ocasio-Cortez as well as Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley. Recently, these freshmen congresswomen have spoken out against the racism that is prevalent in our political systems.
This past week, the women came under fire from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. After she made disparaging comments in an interview about the group’s Twitter presence, AOC and the other congresswomen pushed back against Pelosi. In response, the Speaker of the House scolded the group during a caucus meeting on July 10th.
“You got a complaint?,” the Speaker said during her time on the floor. “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.”
In response, AOC and the other congresswomen — often referred to as “the Squad” — responded to what they saw was a targeted assault on women of color in the Congress. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez spoke about the disharmony with the Washington Post, calling it a “persistent singling out.” She further explained, “It got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Trump was quick to defend Pelosi — someone who he regularly attacks — against claims of racism.
However, that set up his own racist and, frankly, inaccurate Sunday morning strike on the congresswomen.
The president tweeted:
“So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat congresswomen, who originally come from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, the most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all) now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.”
There’s a lot to unpack with this run-on sentence but let’s start with the inaccuracies.
AOC was born in the Bronx, New York, a community that the congresswomen now represents. Rep. Tlaib was born in and represents Detroit. Rep. Pressley was born in Cincinnati and raised in Chicago. She now represents Boston, Massachusetts. As a child, Rep. Omar and her family were forced to flee Somalia and received asylum in the US. She became a US citizen in the year 2000 and serves as congresswomen to Minneapolis.
All four are American citizens and are sworn to serve the United States as congresswomen. The only “corrupt and inept” country that they have alliance to is American and they are working to call out the dysfunction of our system no matter who attacks them.
Democrats were quick to respond to Trump’s ridiculous tweet storm.
Presidential hopeful, Elizabeth Warren called out the president words as the “racist and xenophobic attack” that it is. She concluded her response by promising these congresswomen will receive the respect they deserve — the respect not granted by Trump — when she becomes president.
Even Nancy Pelosi, an instigator in this conflict, condemned the president’s words.
The Speaker claimed that Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign has “always been about making America white again.” Pelosi goes on to announce that it is our diversity that gives us strength, unity and power as a nation.
Representative Ocasio-Cortez went on to answer the president’s vile tweets with ones of her own and showed that she is not backing down in the face of bigotry.
In the thread that contained her response, the representative went on to challenge Trump in his racism and fear-mongering. She pointed out that the issue that vexes the president and people like him is that AOC and people like her do not fear them. She and her fellow freshman congresswomen will continue to serve the communities they were elected to. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and her Squad know there isn’t much the president can do in response to this besides have another tweet tantrum and they don’t plan to let that stop their push for a more inclusive system.
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