President Donald Trump disturbed Americans everywhere on Sunday when a Twitter thread of his expressed a new and deeper level of racist sentiment.
Railing against the "Squad" of freshman progressive lawmakers—Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Trump claimed that the women should "go back" to their countries.
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments ar… https://t.co/W7GAYLJ5Ki— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1563107272.0
....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our… https://t.co/xPRSZHNNAd— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1563107272.0
....it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be… https://t.co/8IoVStRDut— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1563107272.0
All of the women Trump is referring to are American citizens, three of whom were born in the United States. It's unclear which countries Trump was urging them to return to, and Democrats everywhere immediately decried the racist comments.
Yet Trump showed no regret. In fact, he's now demanding that the congresswomen apologize to him and the rest of the country, accusing the women of racism instead.
When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of t… https://t.co/xCPlEhKpLj— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1563188069.0
If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these ver… https://t.co/GAtawnjE9d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1563190945.0
People weren't about to let his racism and hypocrisy go unchecked.
@realDonaldTrump You are so unqualified, so incompetent, so unworthy of this job it’s beyond staggering. The absolu… https://t.co/kfKg35NEVm— Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy)1563189090.0
@realDonaldTrump You don’t Make America Great Again by oppressing minorities, protecting corporations, fighting per… https://t.co/sowxExtqno— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo)1563188210.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump is a racist. Trump is a racist. Trump is a racist. Trump is a racist. Trump is a racist… https://t.co/HWvn19nuHk— David Weissman (@David Weissman)1563190363.0
@realDonaldTrump when will our president apologize for being a fluorescent tangerine traffic cone with a tangled ra… https://t.co/KmrvhrJGJE— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1563188218.0
@realDonaldTrump Laughable that you’re calling their language foul. https://t.co/NWPbtfKKXr— David Hoffman (@David Hoffman)1563194657.0
@realDonaldTrump This is ironic for several reasons of course because: - you say horrible things nonstop from insid… https://t.co/pdynnoJaoB— God (@God)1563197577.0
@realDonaldTrump It is YOU sho should apologize for “foul language” you have used, and the “terrible things” YOU ha… https://t.co/YCY0vmko1U— Mia Farrow (@Mia Farrow)1563199287.0
One group, however, was noticeably silent.
Until Republican officials denounce yesterday’s explicitly racist statements (which should be easy!), we sadly have… https://t.co/nzxcwDLVpm— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1563195441.0
@realDonaldTrump With 100% of Republicans in Congress condoning his call to deport 4 Democratic Congresspeople, all… https://t.co/Nftu4aAe9N— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild)1563188519.0
Republicans in Congress who refuse to denounce Trump’s unabashed racism are spineless and amoral. Whatever else the… https://t.co/7gJKlJC74q— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1563127323.0
Republicans in Congress: •247 Republicans who have condemned 45’s racist remarks against 4 Congresswomen of color:… https://t.co/ndegkeJhnv— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@Qasim Rashid, Esq.)1563155673.0
At this time, no prominent Republican lawmakers have rebuked Trump's comments.