The tweets seemed to be aimed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, first-term Democrats and women of color who in recent days have spoken out against racist systems within the US and Trump’s immigration policies.
Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx, which she now represents. Tlaib was born in and represents Detroit. Pressley was born in Cincinnati, raised in Chicago, and now lives in and represents Boston. Omar and her family fled Somalia when she was a child and received asylum in the US. She became a US citizen in 2000 and represents Minneapolis.
So telling them to go back where they came from wasn’t just inflammatory, it was plain ol’ racist. Democrats and at least one former Republican were quick to call out the president.
In response, Tlaib again pointed to the “crisis” of Trump’s administration and called for his impeachment.
Pressley said she’d continue to fight for marginalized families.
And Omar pointed to the oath she and other members of Congress have sworn to the United States.
Despite recent fighting within the party about issues including race, Pelosi wasn’t having Trump’s attempt at more division. “His plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again,” she said in tweets in support of the congresswomen.
First published in BuzzFeed. Writer Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News, based in Los Angles