In a series of tweets on Sunday, President Donald Trump seemingly targeted freshman congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, saying, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
“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,” Trump tweeted.
“We don’t tell people we’ve welcomed into this country to ‘go back,’” she wrote.
This is racist. And I see Trump people are trying to spin this to just be about Rep. Omar, but we all know that’s a lie. But even if it were just about Rep. Omar, it would still be racist. We don’t tell people we’ve welcomed into this country to “go back.” https://t.co/v1uCPqCRVK— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 14, 2019
The women were all born in the United States, except for Omar, who became a refugee at age 10 when a brutal civil war devastated Somalia, a predominantly Muslim country in East Africa. Five years after entering the U.S., Omar was eligible for citizenship and in 2000 became a citizen at 19.
McCain has lashed out at President Trump previously, saying recently on The View that the president’s fixation on her late father, Senator John McCain, and his legacy makes it difficult for her to grieve.
“It’s impossible to go through the grief process when my father, who’s been dead 10 months, is constantly in the news cycle, because the president is so obsessed with the fact that he’s never going to be great man like he was,” she said.
Her comments came on the heels of reports that the White House requested the Navy hide a destroyer named, in part, after Senator McCain so that the president wouldn’t see it during his trip to Japan in May. White House officials confirmed to the New York Times that the request was made, but said that the president had no knowledge of it.
At the time, McCain asked people “to have a little more compassion.”
“This is very hard. I try to put on a game face every day and I try to be as stoic as possible but grief is tricky and I’m still sad, and I’m sorry if 9 months in isn’t enough for people for me to move on.”
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