Public Enemy #1 - July 2019
On Sunday, July 15, the president decided to tweet out an attack on the four congresswomen known as "the squad." Using the racist go-back-where-you-came-from caveat, Trump continued to declare that the congresswomen should return to the "totally broken and crime infested" places that they come from rather than tell the great nation of the U.S. how it should be run.
The tweet assault was simply another example of the president's racism releasing its concealment and rearing its ugly head. Not to mention, the inflammatory comments were also off-base.
In conjuring his racism in tweet form, President Trump neglected to realize that only one of the four congresswomen hails from somewhere outside of the United States.
While he didn't call them by name, the four progressive freshman members of the house have previously captured the ire of the president, and thus the intent behind the tweets was not questioned. Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (NY) is a Bronx native, Rep. Ayana Pressley (MA) was born in Cinncinati, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI) was born in Michigan. Only Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) was born outside of U.S. borders, in Somalia.
On July 16, the House voted to condemn the president's comments, with a vote split of 240-187. Many republicans fell on the opposing side of the vote including the likes of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA).
"I think this party has been very clear. We are the party of Lincoln," he spoke after the House vote. "Let's not be false about what is happening today. This is about politics." McCarthy continued to say that this was a matter of socialism versus freedom. Days later when at a North Carolina rally, the president's supporters broke out into a racist "send her back" chant and soon enough, McCarthy again came to the defense of the president.
"The president didn’t join in any chant like that,” McCarthy said. "The president moved on with his speech." The president received backlash for seemingly co-signing the chants rather disavowing them. He impassionately silenced the crowd after allowing it to go on for several seconds.
Slowly but surely, the presidents racist rhetoric penetrates what is commonplace in American society. The day that these actions become accepted, is the day that the nation loses a piece of itself that it may never get back.
See what Twitter had to say about the president below: