The nation and world have been reeling for days due to Donald Trump’s stunningly racist Twitter attack against four Freshman Democratic lawmakers who just happen to be women of color – Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D- MI), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). Trump told them to “go back” to where they came from. Well, three of them were born here in America, and Rep. Omar is a naturalized citizen who immigrated here from Somalia as a child. That, of course, matters not to Trump and his racist supporters, or to Congressional Republicans.
Telling people of color to “go back to where you came from” is an age old racist trope. It’s disgusting, but then again, Trump has a long and well documented history of racism that dates back to the 1970s, when he and his father refused to rent to tenants of color in their real estate business. There was, of course, after that, Trump’s leading of the Central Park Five lynch mob, and his starting his modern political career as the Grand Wizard of the birther movement. But again, that matters not to Trump supporters; in fact, they like him MORE after the racist tweet.
Fast forward to Wednesday night, and you have Trump at a raucus rally in North Carolina, with a white mob chanting “SEND HER BACK” when Trump once again attacks the four Congresswomen of color, and especially as he zeroes in on Rep. Omar. These are women who regularly get death threats from Trump’s most hateful and unhinged supporters, and he ginned that up even more on Wednesday night. What he is doing is dangerous, and puts the lives of these lawmakers and Americans of color everywhere. Shame on the Republicans who continue to support this horrible man.
Watch the chilling display below, that could have been right out of a Klan rally: