DONALD Trump last night ramped up his vicious attack on four minority US congresswomen who he said should “go back” to their “crime infested” countries.
The president unleashed on the self-described “squad” of left-wing representatives – who he continued to insist should leave the US.
Donald Trump insisted that the four US congresswomen he attacked on Sunday should leave the country[/caption]
The ‘squad’ of left-wing Democrat women repeated their calls for Trump to be impeached as the row escalated last night[/caption]
Speaking at the White House, he said: “If you’re not happy in the US, if you’re complaining all the time, very simply: You can leave.”
Trump added that he wasn’t concerned that some viewed his remarks as racist.
He said: “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me.”
Those remarks came after Trump’s Twitter tirade on Sunday that was widely branded as racist by critics.
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Trump had written the women should go back “the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
He was referring to representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
All are women of colour and US citizens of minority heritage – with only Omar being born outside the United States.
They have been critical of Trump as well as of the current Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives.
Condemnation for Trump’s comments has poured in from a united Democrat party and beyond.
PM-favourite Boris Johnson also slammed the president for his attacks.
He said: “If you the leader of a multiracial multicultural country, you simply cannot use that kind of language about sending people to where they came from.
“That went out decades and decades ago and thank heavens.”
Speaking at a debate hosted by The Sun & talkRADIO at our London Bridge HQ, he added: “It is totally unacceptable in a modern multiracial country that you are trying to lead.”
I have three Chinese children and they are British citizens born on the NHS. And if anybody had said to them go back to China I would be utterly appalled
His rival Jeremy Hunt also condemned the US President’s extraordinary outburst.
He said: “I have three Chinese children and they are British citizens born on the NHS.
“And if anybody had said to them go back to China I would be utterly appalled.
“It is totally un-British to do that. I would hope that would never happen in this country.”
Theresa May had said earlier the “language used to refer to these women was completely unacceptable”.
Responding to Trump’s attack last night, the “squad” gave a press conference in which they repeated calls for the President to be impeached.
Ocasio-Cortez said: “Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has been criticised by members of “the squad,” said her party would introduce a resolution condemning Trump’s “xenophobic tweets.”
Although most Republicans stayed silent on Trump’s divisive rhetoric, several began expressing concern late on Monday.
Texas Representative Will Hurd, the only African-American Republican in the House, told CNN: “The tweets are racist and xenophobic. They’re also inaccurate.”
Tim Scott, the Senate’s only black Republican, criticized Trump in a tweet for using “unacceptable personal attacks and racially offensive language.”
Senator Susan Collins, a centrist Republican up for re-election in Maine next year, called Trump’s comments “way over the line” and said he should delete them.
None of the top four Republicans in Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, made any immediate comment.
Trump’s tweets followed days of reported tensions between Pelosi and the more progressive congresswomen such as Ocasio-Cortez.
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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a sometime Trump golf partner and adviser, called the four congresswomen “communist” and “anti-Semitic” on Fox News on Monday.
But he also called on Trump to stop making such personal attacks.
He said: “Aim higher … Take on their policies. The bottom line here is this is a diverse country.”
Gang of four: Who are the 'squad' of Democrat congresswomen targeted by Trump
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, 29
The Bronx-born former bartender is the charismatic star of the class of 2018.
She has turned her massive social media following into a measure of power on Capitol Hill.
Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, has clashed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the influence of newcomers.
She’s also been courted by some of the party’s many presidential candidates, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
To Trump, she tweeted: “Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ & the country we all swear to, is the United States.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, 36
Omar was a child when her family fled civil war in Somalia in 1991.
She spent years in a refugee camp in Kenya and immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1995.
Omar became eligible for citizenship five years after the family entered and became a US citizen in 2000.
In the House, she has repeatedly run up against more senior Democrats over her remarks about Israel and what she said was the need to question the Jewish state’s influence in Washington.
To Trump, she tweeted: “The only country we swear an oath to is the United States. Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, 42
The Detroit native is the first Palestinian American elected to the House.
She and Omar are the first Muslim American women to serve in the chamber.
And like Omar, Tlaib made a name for herself almost immediately after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gaveled the new session of Congress into session in January.
That night, Tlaib was videotaped talking to a liberal group saying of Trump: “We’re gonna impeach the motherf***er.”
No such effort is underway even now, in large part because Pelosi and other Democrats don’t see bipartisan public sentiment for doing so.
To Trump, Tlaib tweeted: “Keep talking, you just make me work harder. I’m proud of my Palestinian roots & a WEAK bully like you never wins.”
Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, 45
A Cincinnati native raised in Chicago, Pressley worked for Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy and worked for John Kerry for 13 years while he served in the Senate.
In 2009, she ran for an at-large seat on Boston City Council and became the first woman of colour elected to the body in its 100-year history.
Of Trump’s tweets, she responded: “THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like. And we’re not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday.”
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