President Donald Trump took to Twitter
early Sunday morning to tell Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley to “go back” to their countries and ”fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Here are his exact words:
Of course, it’s worth noting three of the four women mentioned were born in the United States. Ilhan Omar, born in Somalia, is the only exception.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has had her own issues with the congresswomen in recent days, was quick to respond, calling Trump’s tweets “xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation.”
New York Mayor and presidential hopeful Bill de Blasio said on CNN that “unfortunately, there’s an American tradition of telling people to go back to where they came from” and that Trump was trying to “gin up his base.”
From there, the #RacistInChief hashtag gathered momentum. Here are just some of the highlights, from the women singled out and elsewhere:
While they were seemingly outnumbered in this particular case, Trump’s defenders also had plenty to say about the tweets: