WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump took aim at progressive Democratic congresswomen on Sunday (July 14), telling them to “go back” where they came from in remarks that sparked yet another firestorm of protest over his views on race and immigration.
Mr Trump – who was branded a “racist” and a xenophobe by senior Democrats over his latest remarks – last year reportedly referred to countries in Africa as “sh**hole” nations, and has spoken of “an invasion” of undocumented migrants.
He referred on Twitter to “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen” in remarks that appeared to be aimed at a group of outspoken relatively young, liberal women of colour, all first-time members of the House of Representatives.
These include Ms Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ms Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ms Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ms Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
Mr Trump did not identify the targets of his comments by name, but tweeted that they “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world”.