Four Democratic Congresswomen Call Trump’s Racist Tweets a Distraction

Yesterday, four democratic congresswomen of color held a joint press conference to address a series of racist tweets made by President Trump in which he called for the women to “go back” to the countries they came from. The four women, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, condemned his words as hateful rhetoric, emphasizing that his tweets were simply part of his weak attempt to divide the country on the basis of race, gender, and immigration status. Three of the four women were born in the United States, and Rep. Omar has been an American citizen since she was a teenager. Ocasio-Cortez commented that she was not surprised by Trump’s words, stating that “weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy…He does not know how to defend his policies, so what he does is attack us personally.” Pressley emphasized that Trump was using his tweets as a political tool. She told reporters that the attacks were “simply a disruption and a distraction from the callous, chaotic and corrupt culture of this administration.” Tlaib underscored Pressley’s point, stating that “we cannot allow these hateful actions by the […]

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