Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley held a news conference at the Capitol to denounce a tweet by the president in which he suggested that they leave.
Washington: The Democratic party, which has a majority in the House of Representatives, introduced a resolution on Monday (July 15) condemning the tweets of US President Donald Trump against four of their women lawmakers as "racist".
The opposition leaders and the president continued to clash over the issue that has caught the nation’s attention for the past few days.
"The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four 'progressives,' but now they are forced to embrace them. That means they are endorsing Socialism, hatred of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats," Trump said as he unleashed a series of tweets against four Democratic Congresswomen.
Later, the four Congresswomen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley held a news conference at the Capitol to denounce a tweet by the president in which he suggested that they leave.
"This is a president who has overseen the most corrupt administration in our history," Omar said.
"To distract from that, he's launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly elected members of the United States House of Representatives, all of whom are women of colour," she said.
Trump had in a tweet, which was widely considered as against these four Democratic progressive lawmakers, said they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came" before speaking out about how the United States government should function.
Trump also said these progressive Democrats "came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe." The Democrats considered his tweets as racists.
Later in the day, Democrats introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives condemning the alleged racist tweets. The resolution by Congressman Tom Malinowski could be voted on as early as Tuesday.
In a series of tweets, Trump defended himself and said, "We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country," he said.
"They are anti-Israel, pro-Al Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, 'some people did something.' Radical Left Democrats want Open Borders, which means drugs, crime, human trafficking, and much more...," he said in another tweet.
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