Reaction has been pouring in Donald Trump’s ‘go back to where you came from’ remarks aimed at several Democratic House members…..
Brian Stelter: “President Trump launched a bigoted attack against four minority congresswomen on Sunday morning. His tweets were straight up racist. Did the news media accurately describe it that way?”
“By and large, no, most major news outlets did not do that. Reporters and anchors took the story seriously but largely leaned on ‘critics,’ primarily Democrats, and cited their accusations of racism. The significance of Trump’s words risked being lost in a partisan fog.”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) called President Trump “a racist ass” over a series of tweets attacking four non-white progressive female lawmakers, The Hill reports.
Said Lieu: “I never thought I’d see the day when a president was telling immigrants to go back to where we came from. Donald Trump is demonstrating he’s a racist ass. He’s not uniting us. I can’t wait until he leaves the office of the presidency.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May said President Trump used “completely unacceptable” language to describe four female Democratic lawmakers, potentially exacerbating the recent tensions with Washington, Bloomberg reports.
“Under fire for what many called racist tweets, President Trump said Monday that the minority Democratic congresswomen he said should ‘go back’ to other countries are the ones who should apologize,” USA Today reports.
Said Trump: “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. So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!”
“He did not detail those alleged actions.”
Jonathan Bernstein: “The good news is that public opinion surveys since Trump became president show a solid shift against his bigotry; in fact, support for immigration has surged. One can support or oppose immigration regardless of animus toward any particular group. But Trump has, from the start of his campaign, made clear that his immigration policies are indeed based on bigotry. That’s probably one of the main reasons he’s been so unpopular throughout his presidency.”
“The bad news is that it’s highly likely that the closer the president comes to explicit racism, the more the minority of hardcore bigots who support him will feel emboldened. Even his less prejudiced supporters may find themselves drifting toward uglier beliefs. It’s bad for a president to hold those views, but much worse for him to express them publicly.”
“The even worse news is that Republicans in a position to do something about this – members of Congress, other elected officials, staffers within the administration – went silent on Sunday.”
Mike Allen: “Trump is all-in on us-versus-them politics and does not care if he occasionally crosses the line into racism. Trump allies expect this to get worse, not better.”
The Guardian: Republicans silent as Trump renews attack on leftwing congresswomen.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Monday slammed President Trump for using the “language of white supremacists” in telling a group of Democratic congresswomen that they should “go back” to the countries they came from.
“It’s important to note that the President’s words yday, telling four American Congresswomen of color ‘go back to your own country,’ is hallmark language of white supremacists,” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, one of four freshmen lawmakers at whom the comments were apparently directed.
“Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans.” …..