3 Michigan Republicans disappointed with Trump’s racist tweets against Tlaib, AOC

    Rashida Tlaib at the Women's March in Detroit, Jan. 19, 2019 | Ken Coleman
    Updated, 2:01 p.m. 7/15/19 with comments from Congressman Huizenga:

    Three* GOP U.S. House members aren’t on board with President Donald Trump’s racist tweetstorm against U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and other progressive members of Congress.

    The president on Sunday fired off three tweets against Tlaib and U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), saying they “came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” and demanding that they “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

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

    Tlaib was born in Detroit, Pressley was born in Cincinnati, Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York City and Omar was born in Somalia.

    U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) tweeted Monday that “we must be better than comments like these,” although he added that he shares Trump’s “political frustrations with some members of the other party.”

    U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland) issued a statement saying he “strongly disagrees” with the president’s tweets.

    “Every duly elected official needs to lead by example, end the personal character assassination attacks, and focus on finding ways to work together to make America the very best it can be,” he said. “We are better than this — let’s start showing it.”*

    Upton was on “The MI Big Show” Monday morning and said the tweets “very disappointing.

    Fred Upton

    “I didn’t really see the full context of the remarks until this morning. I was back in Michigan and traveled to back to D.C.,” Upton said. “But … I think [U.S. Rep.] Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) put it best. She was quoted this morning as saying, ‘He probably did more to unite the Democratic caucus with his comments this week than [U.S. House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had tried over the last couple of months. Seems like they’re circling the wagons against rhetoric like that, as all Americans should.”

    Radio host Michael Patrick Shiels then oddly took a shot at the media like CNN, arguing now they can’t say that Republicans have failed to criticize Trump.

    However, Upton, Huizenga and Mitchell did not condemn Trump’s comments as racist. As the Advance previously reported, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.), who recently left the GOP after coming out in favor of the president’s impeachment, had no problem doing so. Amash called the tweets “racist and disgusting.”

    Tlaib tweeted several responses on Sunday to Trump’s tirade, saying she is “proud of my Palestinian roots and a WEAK bully like you never wins.”

    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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