Sunday morning on Twitter, President Donald Trump appeared to call out Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar. Without mentioning them by name, he ordered the “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen” to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Of the freshman congresswomen, Omar is the only representative not initially from America — Pressley, Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez were all born in the United States.
“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...and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Trump wrote, adding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be “very happy” to see them leave.
Tlaib was one of the first to reply to Trump’s comment. “Want a response to a lawless & complete failure of a President?” she tweeted. “He is the crisis. His dangerous ideology is the crisis. He needs to be impeached.”
Ocasio-Cortez had a longer response ready. “Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ & the country we all swear to, is the United States. But given how you’ve destroyed our border with inhumane camps, all at a benefit to you & the corps who profit off them, you are absolutely right about the corruption laid at your feet,” she wrote at the beginning of a thread. “You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.”
Omar also addressed Trump directly. “Mr. President, [as] members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States. Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen,” she said.
"You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda," Omar continued.
“THIS is what racism looks like,” Pressley tweeted. “WE are what democracy looks like. And we’re not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday.”
Trump’s jab about Pelosi is a response to her recent dismissive comments about Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said in a New York Times interview. “But they didn’t have any following.”
Despite Pelosi’s clash with the congresswomen, she also rushed to criticize Trump’s comments. “When [Trump] tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again,” she wrote. “Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power. I reject @realDonaldTrump’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation.”