Following the controversial (and what many consider racist) comments President Donald Trump made toward Democratic Congresswomen over the weekend, the commander-in-chief doubled down on his remarks, demanding that they apologize for their commentary on Israeli-U.S. political relations in the past.
In his tweet posted early on Monday morning, Trump demanded to know when four lawmakers — commonly assumed at this point, according to reporting from Bloomberg, to be Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) — to apologize to the American people, to the country of Israel, and directly to him as well.
“When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said,” Trump questioned.
Trump’s comments on Monday came after wide condemnation from other tweets made over the weekend, in which he also demanded these women leave the United States and go back to their countries of origin.
Only one of the four women Trump is alluding to was born from a foreign country, while the other three were born in the United States. Omar, who was born in Somalia, emigrated to the U.S. when she was 12, and became a naturalized citizen.
Per previous reporting from HillReporter.com, Trump’s original controversial comments were as followed:
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.
The president’s words were seen as being racist, utilizing an old trope that demands people who are foreign-born return to their own countries. The attacks are also particularly jarring, as they come against four women of color, again only one of which was born in a foreign nation.
Trump’s demands for these women to apologize for him on Monday are similarly being condemned on social media, in addition to his original commentary, as racist and demeaning.
Trump now wants an apology from the Democrat Congresswomen he racially abused. White supremacy and gaslighting in its purest form. pic.twitter.com/ATbKwYlRyc
— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) July 15, 2019
It’s interesting to note, however, that Trump hasn’t apologized for disparaging words he had made for years toward former President Barack Obama, regarding the controversy surrounding “birtherism” — a conspiracy theory idea that Obama wasn’t a legitimate president due to the errant belief he was born in Kenya, and not the United States.
Trump did concede in 2016, during his campaign for president, that Obama was indeed born in the United States. But not once has he apologized for his many outbursts over the years, on social media or otherwise, in which he insinuated the former president wasn’t a citizen, the New York Times has reported.
In fact, several months after he assumed office, Trump reportedly continued to insist privately that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S., Vox reported, telling anyone with a willing ear that he still had his doubts, despite the mountain of evidence proving the former president was indeed born in Hawaii.
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