Tlaib on Trump’s ‘bigoted’ tweetstorm: ‘We know this is who he is’

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib speaks at a July 15, 2019 press conference

President Donald Trump on Monday doubled down on his racist attacks against four progressive members of Congress, while U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) called it a “continuation of his racist, xenophobic playbook.” She also reiterated her call for his impeachment.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that Tlaib and U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) should “go back” to where they were born. Speaking with reporters on Monday, the president reiterated that if “you’re not happy here, then you can leave,” adding that a lot of people “love” his comments.

The four U.S. House members, known as “the Squad,” held a press conference Monday evening in response. Several Michigan members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly), U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.), have condemned the attacks.

Three Michigan Republican lawmakers expressed disappointment with Trump’s tweets: U.S. Reps. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland), Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) and Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph).

Trump talked with reporters at length on Monday and didn’t apologize, despite widespread criticism.

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“If you’re not happy here, then you can leave,” Trump said. “As far as I’m concerned, if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave. That’s what I say all the time. That’s what I said in a tweet that I guess some people think is controversial. A lot of people love it, by the way. A lot of people love it. But if you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, very simply, you can leave. You can leave right now. You can come back if you want, don’t come back, that’s OK, too.”

Trump was asked about his assertion that the congresswomen could “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Tlaib was born in Detroit, Pressley was born in Cincinnati, Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York City and Omar was born in Somalia.

“Well, they’re very unhappy,” Trump said. “I’m watching them. All they do is complain. So all I’m saying is, if they want to leave they can leave.”

The president also went after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who said he was trying to “make America white again.” Trump said Pelosi made a “very racist statement,” but denied that his own were racist.

Tlaib strikes back at Trump for telling progressive congresswomen to ‘go back’ to where they were born

At a press conference in the U.S. Capitol Monday evening, Tlaib thanked her “sisters in service.

“As we all know, the recent tweets from the president are simply a continuation of his racist, xenophobic playbook,” she said. “We cannot allow these hateful actions by the president to distract us from the critical work to hold this administration accountable [for] the inhumane conditions at the border that is separating children from their loved ones and caging them up in illegal, horrific conditions.”

Tlaib said she represents the third-poorest congressional district in the country. She added that voters sent her to Washington to fight the “corporate assault” on her constituents and that also means launching an impeachment inquiry against Trump. That was something she also stressed at the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia over the weekend.

“Sadly, this won’t be the last time we hear disgusting, bigoted language from the president,” she said. “We know this is who he is.”

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Pressley started the press conference by thanking people for the “solidarity” they’ve shown the four members of Congress in the face of Trump’s “xenophobic, bigoted” attacks. She encouraged people to “not take the bait,” calling it a “disruptive distraction” from important issues.

“We cannot — we will not — be silenced,” Pressley said.

Ocasio-Cortez said that “this president operates in complete bad faith.

“I am not surprised when the president says that four sitting members of Congress should ‘go back to their own country’ when he has authorized raids without warrants on thousands of families in this country,” she added.

Omar railed against “human rights abuses at the border, keeping children in cages and having human beings drinking out of toilets.

“This country was founded on the radical idea that we are all created equal and are endowed by our creator with inalienable rights,” Omar said. “And yes, we have a long way before we fully live up to those values. It is for that reason that we have to take action when a president is openly violating the oath he took to the Constitution of the United States and the core values we aspire to.”

Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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