Donald Trump was condemned by the House of Representatives after he racially attacked four congresswomen– Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib.
In a tweet, Trump had asked the four congresswomen, who call themselves ‘The Squad’, to return back to their own countries and fix problems back at their home, where they came from.
What has Congress officially condemned?
Lawmakers passed a resolution condemning Donald Trump’s racist tweets based on the congresswomen’s’ skin color telling them to “go home” to their countries.
Shady Republicans mostly defended Trump against charges of racism. Senate leader Mitch McConnell said, “The president’s not a racist” and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy accused Democrats of a cynical political ploy. And in what could be the worst way of covering up, Trump loyalist Kellyanne Conway even demanded to know the ethnic identity of a reporter who questioned where it was that Trump wished the congresswomen to “go back” to.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and is beloved for her willingness to punch back at critics and regressive Republican policies. Like many other new, younger members of Congress, she’s grown stronger with social media and it is her natural lingua franca. She was criticized for a bubbly college dance video featuring her that surfaced online. She responded by showing the same move as she entered her office. Badass.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was born in Somalia, spent four years in a refugee camp and became the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. She was sworn in on a copy of the Qur’an. She sounded a spirited tone on Jan. 3 when she tweeted: “Sworn in and ready to throw down for the people.” She added an emoji of a clenched fist.
The most controversial among the four is Michigan congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who had some strong words for the president. Speaking at an event shortly after being sworn in, Tlaib, the first Palestinian American elected to Congress, recalled a conversation with her son she had after she won. She said: “And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama, look, you won. Bullies don’t win; and I said, ‘Baby, they don’t’ —because we’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherfcuker.”
Trump at the time chose to stay on the high moral ground. He merely said the newly elected Congresswoman “dishonored herself” when she used profanity to describe him.
This sort of racial demeaning by Trump will definitely mark a huge blot on his 2020 Election campaign.