The world was horrified after Donald Trump tweeted a historically racist slur against four black and brown members of Congress – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) – telling them to “go back to” the countries “from which they came.” Republicans, however, have either remained silent or have dismissed the outrage at the U.S. president’s racist rhetoric.
— #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) July 21, 2019
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is of Cuban descent, did at least go so far as to call Trump’s tweets “wrong” and the “send her back” chant that Trump inspired at one of his rallies “grotesque,” but then immediately backtracked, saying that there aren’t “two sides” to this issue.
‘The tweet was wrong & the chant last night grotesque The left wing politicians & many in the media demanding outrage are self righteous hypocrites And the “outrage & response cycle” allows for only 2 sides & demands you pick or else It’s a stupid game that I refuse to play.’
The tweet was wrong & the chant last night grotesque
The left wing politicians & many in the media demanding outrage are self righteous hypocrites
And the “outrage & response cycle” allows for only 2 sides & demands you pick or else
It’s a stupid game that I refuse to play pic.twitter.com/AhM4epeqNx
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 18, 2019
The View‘s Ana Navarro, who immigrated to the United States from Nicaragua and built a career as a Republican strategist, called out Rubio’s reluctance to call Trump’s tweets what they are, blatant racism, and his wavering on the issue. Navarro pointed out that not only is Rubio also of Latin descent, he represents the exact same kind of people Trump was attacking.
‘I have seen Marco Rubio ― whose parents came here, fleeing poverty, who represents a community where they were told, ‘We won’t rent to Cubans, to blacks or to dogs … you can’t drink from this water fountain’ ― I have seen him try to justify this.’
— nadine goss (@goss_nadine) July 20, 2019
There really aren’t two sides to racism, as Navarro pointed out. A person can either call it out and denounce it, or be complicit. It isn’t the media or the Democrats making an issue of Trump’s rhetoric, either, the world is watching and has denounced Trump for his racism. The GOP will continue to pander for votes, however, no matter what the consequences for black and brown people might happen to be.
Navarro continued to point out the hypocrisy in Rubio’s statement:
‘You know what self-righteous hypocrisy is? Representing a community full of Venezuelans and Cubans and Haitians and Puerto Ricans, people who hear it every day, ‘Go back to where you’re from’ — and somehow trying to play this as if there’s two sides.’
— 📢 Karen Murphy ☘️ (@MDHillRaiser) July 20, 2019
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