Fierce Democratic reaction to Trump's "go back" tweet

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Published on July 15, 2019 - Duration: 01:59s

Fierce Democratic reaction to Trump's "go back" tweet

Democrats voice fierce criticism of President Donald Trump's Twitter remarks where he told group of mostly American-born Democratic congresswomen to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." Jillian Kitchener has more.

Fierce Democratic reaction to Trump's "go back" tweet

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KAMALA HARRIS, (D) CALIFORNIA, SAYING: "It is absolutely racist and un-American." Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates furiously condemned a Tweet by Donald Trump targeting progressive legislators, calling it outright racist and xenophobic.

The president told the Democratic congresswomen “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” He didn't name names, but appeared to be referring to first-time representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar.

Pressley was born in Chicago.

Tlaib was born in Detroit.

Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York, just like Trump.

Ilhan Omar was born in Somalia, and her family fled as refugees to the U.S. when she was a teenager.

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KAMALA HARRIS, (D) CALIFORNIA, SAYING: "And it is an old trope, 'go back to where you came from', that you might hear it on the street but you should never hear that from the President of the United States." Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has at times clashed with the more progressive members of her caucus, leapt to their defense, tweeting: "I reject Donald Trump's xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation." The four women targeted by the president made clear that people of color recognized this particular slur.

“This is what racism looks like” Tweeted Pressley.

“Keep talking, you’ll be out of the WH soon” Tweeted Tlaib.

Omar told Trump quote: “You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.” Ocasio-Cortez blasted Trump, writing: “You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us.

You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.” Some Republicans came to the president's defense, Monday.

(SOUNDNBITE) (English) CHIEF OF STAFF TO VICE PRESIDENT, MARC SHORT, SAYING: "I don't think the president's intent in any way is racist - I think he's trying to point out the fact that since elected it's hard to find anything Ilahn Omar has said that's actually supportive of the United States of America." On Monday, Trump doubled down, insisting on Twitter that the Congresswomen owed HIM an apology.

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