The next day of President Donald Trump’s tweets for four minority Congresswomen that they should “go back” to their home countries, Republicans condemned the group of four women and cast them as the face of a socialist. The left-wing Democratic Party has criticized the president in language that stopped short of fierce condemnation.
On Sunday, Republicans were silent in the face of Trump’s tweets, attacking as racist, urging Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Several GOP lawmakers on Monday evening responded by taking a swipe at the Democratic women and then slammed the president. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., said in a tweet, “While I strongly disagree with the tactics, policies, and rhetoric of the far-left socialist ‘Squad,’ the President’s tweets were inappropriate, denigrating, and wrong.”
“It is unacceptable to tell legal U.S. citizens to go back to their home country,” it added. All of the four Democratic lawmakers are U.S citizens. Three were born in the United States while Omar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and became a U.S. citizen as a teenager.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement that “I disagree strongly with many of the views and comments of some of the far-left members of the House Democratic Caucus – especially when it comes to their views on socialism, their anti-Semitic rhetoric, and their negative comments about law enforcement – but the President’s tweet that some Members of Congress should go back to the ‘places from which they came’ was way over the line, and he should take that down.”
However, Omar has apologized this year following her comments that were explained by many as anti-Semitic. Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, has advocated what has been dubbed a “one-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trump’s remarks were criticized by other Republicans with no mention of the policies of the four women.
“I am confident that every Member of Congress is a committed American. @realDonaldTrump’s tweets from this weekend were racist and he should apologize. We must work as a country to rise above hate, not enable it,” said Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska said, “there is no excuse for the president’s spiteful comments – they were absolutely unacceptable and this needs to stop.”
“We have enough challenges addressing the humanitarian crises both at our borders and around the world. Instead of digging deeper into the mud with personal, vindictive insults – we must demand a higher standard of decorum and decency,” she added.