Trump tells Congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from; Nancy Pelosi calls Trump's tweets "racist"




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After a series of tweets from President Trump Sunday morning, backlash has erupted from both the left and the right criticizing the tweets, which attacked four democratic congress women’s status as Americans and their countries of origin. 

Trump’s tweets, aimed at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, told the congresswomen to “go back” to where they came from and called their countries of origin, “broken and crime infested”. President Trump furthered his critical remarks by claiming that the current status of these countries and their governments were grounds to consider the congresswomen unfit to fullfill their roles as congresswomen. Instead President Trump suggested that the congresswomen “..go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was quick to defend the congresswomen by condemning President Trump’s hostile language, and instead directed attention to focusing on the strength that comes from diversity and unity. For many Republicans, Pelosi’s claim that Trump’s tweets were “racist” caused an uproar because the terminology caused many to perceive the description as an attack on Trump’s person. On the House floor, criticism of one’s personal matters, is strictly prohibited. Pelosi’s refusal to withdraw her words from the record, in juxtaposition with Republician’s push to remove the description, caused the situation to escalate where matters culminated to a vote from the House floor in regards to striking the remark from the record or keeping it the way it was. Support from Democrats as well as some Republicans led to a decision to keep the record as it was.

Left-leaning sources had a tendency to focus on the ability for the House to come together to condem Presidents Trump’s critical remarks. These sources focused on the House’s collaborative effort to send the message that racism would not be tolerated. Right-learning sources mostly focused on the details and rhetoric from previous instances of both the congresswomen and President Trump, to get an overall glimpse of the situation. An article from The New York Times details the president’s initial claims towards the women and final opinion towards the four women, where President Trump encouraged the women to, “leave if they want”. Neutral sources, such as Business Insider, took an approach that focused on identifying the facts and opinions from both sides by heavily incorporating snapshots of the tweets and quoted remarks made from members of both parties.