Donald Trump's hostile tweets drew a forthright response from the four young Democrat Congresswomen – three who were born in the US – that he implicitly targeted.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on July 15, 2019

US President Donald Trump has fired off a series of racist tweets implying some Democrat Congresswomen were not natural-born American citizens and should “go back” to their birthplaces.

In a series of tweets, the Trump suggested the new generation of Democrats who have been feuding with House Speaker (House Democrats leader) Nancy Pelosi should “go back” to their countries to fix their governments, saying “you can’t leave fast enough”.

Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump has fired off a series of tweets labelled “racist” and “xenophobic” by critics.

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“So interesting to see ‘Progressive​’​ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly​ ​and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run​,” he wrote.

“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​.

“​These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!​”

Trump did not name any Democrat congresswomen in particular, he was likely referring to Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, all of whom are US citizens and in Congress are known as “the Squad”. Omar was born in Somalia and became a naturalised citizen as a teenager. Ocasio-Cortez was born in the New York’s Bronx (neighbouring Trump’s birthplace in Queens), Tlaib hails from Detroit, and Pressley was born in Chicago.

Pressley is contemptuous of Trump.


Ayanna Pressley was born in Chicago, Illinois, but the US President has implied she should get out of the US.

“I never use the word you used — president — to describe him,” she told the Boston Globe. “I refer to him as ‘the occupant.’ He simply occupies the space. He embodies zero of the qualities and the principles, the responsibility, the grace, the integrity, the compassion, of someone who would truly embody that office. It’s just another day in the world under this administration.”

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
At 29, Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress. Photo: Facebook / Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez swiftly hit back at President Trump on Twitter, saying he is “angry because he can’t conceive of an America that includes us”.

“You are angry because you don’t believe in an America where I represent New York 14, where the good people of Minnesota elected @IlhanMN, where @RashidaTlaib fights for Michigan families, where @AyannaPressley champions little girls in Boston,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who has the same birthplace as Trump’s father. “You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder,” she tweeted

“Mr. President, the country I ‘come from’, & the country we all swear to, is the United States,” she said.

“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.”


Democrat Freshwoman Rashida Tliab is America’s first Palestinian-American in Congress.

In an interview published on Saturday (US time) Tlaib said “there is continued dehumanisation and racist policies by the State of Israel that violate international human rights, but also violate my core values of who I am as an American”.

“‘Separate but equal’ doesn’t work,” Tlaib said. “I know that my ancestors were killed, died, uprooted from their land…. I can tell you when I was in Palestine with my mother and she had to get in a separate line. There are different coloured license plates if you are Palestinian or Israeli.”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson attacked Congresswoman Omar for her ingratitude last week.

“After everything America has done for Omar and for her family,” Carlson told viewers, “she hates this country more than ever.”

He called it “ominous” that Omar should have such disdain for his country’s values.

“Our country rescued Ilhan Omar from the single worst place on earth,” said Carlson. “We didn’t do it to get rich — in fact it cost us money. We did it because we are kind people. How did Ilhan Omar respond to the remarkable gift we gave her? She scolded us and called us names.”

Pelosi writing a column in the New York Times last week that the four congresswomen had limited influence given that they were the only ones to vote against House Democrats’ bill last month to provide resources for agencies handling the flow of migrants at the border.

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

Pelosi and her fellow Democrats were enraged about the contents of a tweet sent by Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, which has since been deleted.

It described the centrist Democrats as “new Southern Democrats” that “certainly seem hell bent to do black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.”

However, Pelosi attacked Trumps’ Twitter tirade, writing that when Trump “tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again.” In a subsequent tweet, Pelosi said she rejected Trump’s “xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation.”