Democratic congresswomen of color blast Trump over 'racist' remarks

Democratic congresswomen of color blast Trump over 'racist' remarks

He cited "Congresswomen" - an almost-certain reference to a group of women that includes Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of MA and Rashida Tlaib of MI.

His comments come as USA immigration officials prepare to conduct raids in about 10 cities around the U.S.to round up individuals who've received deportation orders, and as reports continue to circulate about poor conditions for migrants in US detention facilities on the USA border with Mexico.

"This is a president who has said "grab women by the p***y", this is a president who's called black athletes "sons of b***hes", this is a president who has called people who come from black and brown countries 's**tholes", Omar said, referring to comments Trump made in January 2018 in which he called El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent "s**thole countries".

Omar said that this is the "agenda of white nationalists". New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said 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" by keeping Americans divided.

The president earlier had suggested Ms Omar supported jihadist group al-Qaeda. He led a movement that falsely claimed former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and he said after a deadly, white supremacist-led rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that "both sides" were to blame for violence there. But we're not here to talk about the president's feelings, rather his spelling.

Ms Tlaib called it "simply a continuation of his racist, xenophobic playbook".

Strategic thinking has guided Republicans throughout the Trump era, as they have repeatedly shown they are unwilling, and unable, to confront Trump even when he pushes the outer bounds of political rhetoric.

"We remain focused on holding him accountable to the laws of this land", Ms Tlaib said.

"I want to tell children across this country that no matter what the president says, this country belongs to you and it belongs to everyone", she added.

Although Trump did not name the politicians, he was nearly certainly referring to the four freshmen representatives, most of whom the president has criticised repeatedly since they took office earlier this year. On Monday, the administration said it would tighten asylum rules.

After their testimony, Mr Trump insisted conditions at the centre had had "great reviews".

"If you are not happy, if you are complaining all the time, you can leave", he told a heated news conference outside the White House. During his comments Monday, Trump attacked Omar's criticisms of Israel. "This is about love for America", he wrote.

Senator Tim Scott of SC, the only black Republican senator, said Trump made "unacceptable personal attacks" and used "racially offensive language".

Democrats have roundly condemned the president, and have been joined by several Republicans. On Monday, he was defensive after she attacked his tweets: "Speaker Pelosi said 'make America white again, ' let me tell you that's a very racist, that's a very racist statement".

In a series of tweets a few hours later, he went on to quote verbatim an interview with Senator Lindsey Graham that attacked the democrat congresswomen, saying they hate Israel and call the detention camps at the U.S. -Mexico border concentration camps.

"People can disagree over politics and policy, but telling American citizens to go back to where they came from is over the line", he tweeted. He added that he didn't think Trump was racist. "He could have meant go back to the district they came from, the neighbourhood they came from".

In a letter to Democrats on Monday, Mrs Pelosi had announced a resolution in the House to condemn the "disgusting attacks". It is unclear when the vote will take place.

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