President Donald Trump on Sunday called out progressive Democratic congresswomen and said “why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
While the president didn’t mention them by name in his tweets, it appears he was attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a native of Somalia, and possibly Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), whose family is Palestinian. Both have been outspoken when it comes to Trump’s administration and the conditions of migrant detention centers on the border.
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“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,” the president wrote on Twitter.
Tlaib was born in the United States and Omar is an American citizen.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” he added. “Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
Pelosi has been battling with the most liberal wing of her Democratic caucus. Last week, Trump defended the speaker of the House against accusations of racism.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” acting Citizenship and Immigration Service director Ken Cuccinelli told host Jake Tapper he didn’t know who the president was referring to in his tweets.
Earlier this week, Tlaib gave emotional testimony and characterized the Trump administration’s immigration agenda as governed by “a dangerous ideology.” Tlaib recounted stories of the migrants she met in custody and the conditions of the facilities. She was also joined by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), who earlier this month toured border patrol facilities.
Speaking Saturday at Netroots Nation in Philadelphia, Omar responded to critics such as Trump and Fox News host Tucker Carlson who have assailed her as anti-American.
“I believe, as an immigrant, I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born,” the first-term congresswoman said.