Democrats rounded on US President Donald Trump last night after he tweeted a veiled attack on ethnic-minority members of Congress.
Trump targeted “progressive Democratic congresswomen” in a tweet telling them to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”.
Trump didn’t call the politicians by name, but appeared to be alluding to ethnic-minority politicians Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. All except Omar were born in the US.
He later invited US speaker Nancy Pelosi to “quickly work out free travel arrangements” for the congresswomen.
Pelosi called Trump’s tweets “xenophobic”, while US senator Bernie Sanders called Trump “racist”.
“Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ and the country we all swear to, is the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez, like Trump a native of New York City, responded on Twitter.
“You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.”
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