After Donald Trump issued a three tweet thread of racist comments about four freshman Democratic women – Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Ilhan Omar, Republicans mostly remained silent or defended his words. The four women are all black or brown, and each is a citizen of the United States, and all but one were born in this country. Still, Trump told the women to go back “to the places from which they came,” a longstanding racist trope.
.@SpeakerPelosi: "Every single member of this institution…should join us in condemning the president's racist tweets. To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people." pic.twitter.com/nsskh7TuCS
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 16, 2019
On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor about formally condemaning Trump’s tweets. She referred to the comments as “racist,” spurring Republican lawmakers to demand her words be stricken from the record as they breack the rule around disparaging the president, Nevertheless, Pelosi persisted, and called the tweets what they were.
‘Every single member of this institution…should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets. To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people.’
Nancy Pelosi on the House floor: "These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and these comments are racist. How shameful to hear him continue to defend those offensive words, words that we have all heard him repeat not only about our members, but" others.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 16, 2019
Republicans first insisted that Trump was referring to the women’s individual districts as crime-infested and corrupt and not the countries of origin each of the women belong to. If so, their government is the United States government, which Trump is currently leading. On Monday afternoon, Trump gave a press conference and specifically mentioned Omar and Somalia, blowing that cover story about their districts.
For that reason and several more, no one is buying the excuses. Pelosi called the sentiments “disgraceful” and again used the word “racist.”
‘These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and these comments are racist. How shameful to hear him continue to defend those offensive words, words that we have all heard him repeat not only about our members, but [others’.’
HERE WE GO.
After @SpeakerPelosi calls the president's words "racist" on the House floor, GOP Rep. Doug Collins requested that her words be ruled as inappropriate … for violating House procedure (which blocks maligning of the president).
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) July 16, 2019
Trump, whp built an entire presidential campaign on complaining about the U.S. government and its leadership, insists that his words were related only to women’s criticism of “our” country, as if it isn’t their country, as well. He also complained bitterly about the women “telling us how our government is to be run,” although as democratically elected congresswomen, that’s really their job.
‘So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, 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. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!’
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Democrats, which side are you on? pic.twitter.com/FU0NZfqzPu
— Movimiento Cosecha (@CosechaMovement) July 16, 2019
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