President Donald Trump’s latest controversy, in which he singled out four Democratic Congresswomen of color and told them to “go back” to their countries of origin (even though three of the four were born in the U.S.), has drawn plenty of criticism so far.
But most of it has been relegated to the left, with only a handful of conservative lawmakers taking the president to task for what many are calling racist comments.
According to the Washington Post, only 10 Republican lawmakers have been critical of Trump, while 26 tried to take a “both sides” approach and criticize both he and the Democratic Congresswomen. More than 200 lawmakers have avoided or not commented on the matter, and 12 have actually voiced support for what he’s said.
Notably absent from the discussion altogether is First Lady Melania Trump, who herself is an immigrant, born in Slovenia. As noted by The Independent, Melania Trump is herself an immigrant, who only became a citizen in 2006, a year after marrying Donald Trump.
Of the four women Trump has targeted with his comments, only one, Rep. Ilhan Omar was born outside of the U.S. She emigrated here from Somalia when she was 12-years-old, and became a citizen at age 17, in the year 2000.
Some have noted the hypocritical way in which Trump has attacked these women, urging them to leave the country if they don’t like the policies he’s pushing forward, while his wife, who was also critical of the Obama administration, didn’t face such criticism.
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Melania Trump has spoken out against her husband’s policies in the past, according to reporting from CNN. She took issue with the president’s family separation policy that was implemented last summer, for example, telling reporters that “it was heartbreaking” to see images of children being taken away from their parents.
“I didn’t know that that policy would come out. I was blindsided by it,” Melania Trump said at the time. “I told him at home, and I said to him that I feel that’s unacceptable, and he felt the same”
The president blasted four Congresswomen over the weekend, writing in a series of tweets that they shouldn’t be critical of the U.S. government. Per previous reporting from HillReporter.com:
“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. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”
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