U.S. President Trump tweeted on Monday that "Radical Left" congresswomen should apologize to the United States and Israel for their language and actions, a day after coming under fire for saying four congresswomen should "go back" to the countries they came from.
"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. So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!" Trump tweeted.
Trump tweeted shortly after that "these very unpopular & unrepresentative" congresswomen spread "racist hatred" and that "I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the U.S."
Defending his attacks against Democratic congresswomen, Trump said Monday he was not concerned if people thought his tweets toward them were racist and accused the U.S. lawmakers of hating America.
"As far as I'm concerned if you hate our country, if you're not happy here, you can leave," Trump said at an event at the White House.
On Sunday, Trump said four congresswomen of color should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries they came from.Trump was almost certainly referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and her allies in what's become known as the squad: Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
His attack drew a searing condemnation from Democrats who labeled the remarks racist and breathtakingly divisive. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump wants to "make America white again."
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Ocasio-Cortez swiftly denounced his remarks . "Mr. President, the country I 'come from,' & the country we all swear to, is the United States," she tweeted, adding that "You rely on a frightened America for your plunder."
Omar also addressed herself directly to Trump in a tweet, writing: "You are stoking white nationalism (because) you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda."
Trump appeared unbowed Sunday night when he returned to Twitter to say it was "so sad" to see Democrats sticking up for the women.
On Monday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said in a Fox News interview that Ocasio-Cortez and "this crowd" are anti-Semitic and anti-America. Trump later tweeted Graham's remarks.
It was far from the first time that Trump has been accused of holding racist views.
In his campaign kickoff in June 2015, Trump deemed many Mexican immigrants "rapists." In 2017, he said there good people on "both sides" of the clash in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and anti-racist demonstrators that left one counter-protester dead. Last year, during a private White House meeting on immigration, Trump wondered why the United States was admitting so many immigrants from "shithole countries" like African nations.