Many Are Speaking out Against Trump’s Racism
The American people have gotten quite fed up with the lexicon currently being promoted by the POTUS, most recently regarding his Tweets about four freshman congresswomen of color. The usually esteemed position of POTUS has traditionally been one of the most influential public positions a person could ever be in, and Trump’s recent language is ringing alarm bells from coast to coast on more than one continent. In a Twitter rant on July 14th, Trump said, “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.”
Three of the freshman congresswomen he was referring to—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley— were born United States citizens and the fourth—Ilhan Omar—came to the United States as a twelve-year-old refugee and has been a legal United States citizen for a long time.
Trump’s tweets were in response to the same freshman congresswomen condemning the inhumane conditions at the U.S. southern border. This is not the America that we all know or want. This is not the sentiment of truth that we have spent hundreds of years fighting for, and the people are saying “enough is enough.”
Here are some of the responses that have been floating around the internet:
One things many minorities hear more than a few times in their lives is, “Go back to where you came from.” I always responded, “What, Los Angeles?”
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 15, 2019
“Go back to your country” is a taunt immigrant kids hear on the playground, it’s a threat I get from unhinged people in my DMs, and it’s also something the President of the United States says to strong women of color who oppose him.
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) July 15, 2019
Our #RacistInChief just told four American Congresswomen “go back to their countries…” Immigrants & their children are the heart of our country. I am proud to be #MadeByImmigrants @realDonaldTrump racist rhetoric only makes me fight harder for all. #FirstGenerationAmerican pic.twitter.com/Oh4lEDUf65
— Karamo Brown (@Karamo) July 14, 2019
Saluting these women. Stay pushing. Stay shining. Stay working. Stay a pain in the ass of the #RacistInChief and all his co-horts. Stay true to who you are. Stay safe. Stay together. Stay making us proud. #FourQueens pic.twitter.com/jkcXe6Z96F
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 14, 2019
Mr. President, the country I “come from,” & the country we all swear to, is the United States.
But given how you’ve destroyed our border with inhumane camps, all at a benefit to you & the corps who profit off them, you are absolutely right about the corruption laid at your feet. https://t.co/HLKQCotR8T
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 14, 2019
THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like. And we’re not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday. pic.twitter.com/vYzoxCgN0X
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) July 14, 2019
Yo @realDonaldTrump, I am fighting corruption in OUR country. I do it every day when I hold your admin accountable as a U.S. Congresswoman. Detroit taught me how to fight for the communities you continue to degrade & attack. Keep talking, you’ll be out of the WH soon. #TickTock
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 14, 2019
You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.
“America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.” -RFK
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 14, 2019
The outcry actually prompted a vote in the House of Representatives to condemn Trump’s racist language, which successfully passed under Nancy Pelosi by a vote of 240-187. Only four Republicans voted in favor of condemning the racist language.
In this House, we speak truth to power. pic.twitter.com/obQc9WqpY1
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 16, 2019
Where this will lead, we do not know. But we know one thing for certain: racism does not belong in the United States of America.