Trump’s White Supremacist Attack On Freshmen Congresswomen

In his racist tweets targeting "The Squad" of freshman congresswomen of color, President Trump further bares the ugly face of his white nationalism.
President Trump and Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

President Trump and Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Updated July 16, 2019

President Trump’s racism is well-documented. Trump was sued by the Justice Department for housing discrimination in the 70s. In 1989, Trump took out a full-page ad in The New York Times calling for the Central Park Five to be executed and still claimed they were guilty after DNA evidence exonerated them in 2002.

Trump spent years falsely claiming that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya. And as President, Trump has pushed xenophobic policies, called African countries shitholes, dehumanized migrants, gotten into racist feuds with celebrities and lawmakers, and ignored the threat of white supremacist terrorism while fueling their hatred with his rhetoric. Today, President Trump continued to uphold his political platform of divisive bigotry.

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This morning, President Trump took to Twitter and spouted the classic racist “go back to your country” line against Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).

All four are, of course, American citizens, 3 of whom were born in America with the exception of Omar (but she is no less American than any other U.S. citizen). This is a familiar racist attack that has targeted outspoken people of color, including myself.

President Trump is telling brown congresswomen that they are essentially not American and therefore, not worthy of being in Congress. This is an unAmerican attack on sitting congresswomen who are seeking to represent their constituents to the best of their ability.

The tweet appeared to be triggered by Fox News’ coverage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) recent back and forth with those congresswomen.

Pelosi, AOC, Omar, Tlaib, and Pressley fired back.

President Trump doubled down on Monday and Tuesday. I expanded on this, and took a look at the bigger picture in my article for The Independent:

Trump doubled down on those sentiments in a press conference by demanding those freshman congresswomen apologize. He then accused them of being racist, said they hate America, and reiterated that if they’re “not happy” in the US, they can leave.

Trump’s remarks felt personal to millions of people and further defined what he and his party have become. As Republican lawmakers either defend Trump’s remarks or remain silent, they continue to showcase their complicity in a presidency built on hatred and fear. His Republican enablers have upheld the infrastructure cultivating his bigotry.

There have been many articles written about Trump’s latest racist tweets, but few paint the full picture. This isn’t just about Trump’s personal history of racism. You cannot talk about Trump’s bigotry without tying this to the bigger picture: President Trump and his sycophants are solidifying the Republican Party’s descent into white nationalism.

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