OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - President Trump ignited a firestorm of criticism after he suggested that four congresswomen of color should go back to where they came from.
Senator Dianne Feinstein responded to Trump Monday saying," President Trump’s tweets attacking four congresswomen have but one goal: to divide our country. They promote hate and fear and they’re absolutely unacceptable."
She added, "Every time the president engages in such personal attacks, he only further lowers political debate in America and tarnishes our reputation as a country of openness and inclusion."
In his latest Twitter tirade, Trump lashed out at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan saying, "Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. 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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
....it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
All of the women are U.S. citizens. Only Omar, from Somalia, is foreign-born, though she has been a U.S. citizen since her youth.
Democrats and Republicans alike denounced Trump's remarks as racist and inflammatory.
The president’s comments were destructive, demeaning, and disunifying. The President of the United States has a unique and noble calling to unite the American people – of all different races, colors, and national origins. In that respect, the president failed badly.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 15, 2019
People can disagree over politics and policy, but telling American citizens to go back to where they came from is over the line.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 15, 2019
Texas Rep. Will Hurd told CBS News, "The tweets are racist and xenophobic. Period. End of story."
Trump is standing by his controversial remarks saying, "If you're not happy in the U.S., if you're complaining all the time, very simply, you can leave, you can leave right now."