Donald Trump says the House Democrats he insulted should apologize
WASHINGTON – Under fire for what many called racist tweets, President Donald Trump said Monday that the minority Democratic congresswomen he said should “go back” to other countries are the ones who should apologize.
“When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said,” Trump tweeted. “So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!”
He did not detail those alleged actions.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted of four minority female House members: “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” – this even though three of the four targets were born in the United States.
Trump’s tweets were directed tweets at four House freshmen known as “the Squad:” Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
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The first three were born in the United States; Omar came to the United States as a refugee from Somalia before she was a teenager.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Trump’s “xenophobic” comments reflect that “his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again.”
“Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power,” Pelosi said.