Trump un­der fire for ‘racist’ at­tack

Tells con­gress­women to ‘go back’ to where they came from

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump took aim at pro­gres­sive Demo­cratic con­gress­women Sun­day, telling them to “go back” where they came from in re­marks that sparked yet an­other firestorm over his views on race and im­mi­gra­tion.

Trump – whose com­ments were branded “racist” and “xeno­pho­bic” by Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates and se­nior leg­is­la­tors – last year re­port­edly re­ferred to coun­tries in Africa as “shit­hole” na­tions, and has spo­ken of an “in­va­sion” of mi­grants.

He was also a lead­ing pro­po­nent of the “birther” con­spir­acy the­ory that Barack Obama was not born on US soil and there­fore could not legally be pres­i­dent.

On Sun­day, Trump re­ferred on Twit­ter to “‘Pro­gres­sive’ Demo­crat Con­gress­women” in re­marks that ap­peared to be aimed at a group of out­spo­ken rel­a­tively young, lib­eral women of color, all first-time mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

These in­clude Alexan­dria Oca­sio-cortez of New York, Il­han Omar of Min­nesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michi­gan and Ayanna Press­ley of Mas­sachusetts.

They “orig­i­nally came from coun­tries whose govern­ments are a com­plete and to­tal catas­tro­phe, the worst, most cor­rupt and in­ept any­where in the world,” Trump tweeted.

He ac­cused the women of “vi­ciously telling the peo­ple of the US, 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,” Trump wrote.

Trump did not iden­tify the tar­gets of his com­ments by name.

But in a tweet later in the day, he said they “hate Israel with a true and un­bri­dled pas­sion,” in­di­cat­ing he may have been re­fer­ring to Omar and Tlaib, who have re­cently been em­broiled in con­tro­ver­sies re­lated to the Jewish state.

Tlaib, who was born in Detroit, is the first Amer­i­can of Pales­tinian de­scent elected to Congress, while Omar, who fled war-torn So­ma­lia as a child and came to the US as a refugee, is the first black Mus­lim woman in Congress.

Oca­sio-cortez, who was born in New York, is of Puerto Ri­can an­ces­try, and Press­ley, who was born in Cincin­nati, is the first African Amer­i­can elected to Congress from Mas­sachusetts.

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