Donald Trump told progressive representatives Sunday morning to go fix the countries they are originally from before getting involved with American politics.
The president is likely referencing a group of four freshmen congresswomen who have recently been at odds with Democratic House leadership, which includes Rep. Ilhan Omar, who was born in Somalia.
‘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,’ Trump posted to Twitter Sunday.
‘Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,’ he suggested. ‘Then come back and show us how it is done.’
President Donald Trump told progressive congresswomen, specifically Rep. Ilhan Omar, to go back to the countries they came from originally
Trump said these congresswomen should go fix their countries of origin before trying to weigh in on American politics
Omar is a Somali-American who fled the African country with her family when she was a young child
In his trio of tweets, Trump said these American politicians need to focus on helping their countries of origin before focusing on the U.S.
‘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!’ he concluded.
In an unlikely turn of events, the president has found himself defending House Speaker Nancy Pelsoi, who has recently gone to war with freshman representatives Omar, Rashida Tliab, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley.
All four women were elected to the House for the first time in the 2018 midterms and make up a small group of minority progressive freshmen in the caucus.
Earlier this month they all voted against the $4.6 billion Republican border bill that would provide aide to the border, including migrant detention centers.
Pelosi backed the bill and helped get it through the House after several reports emerged of the horrific conditions migrants faced at certain centers along the border that hold those who crossed the border illegally.
Pelosi demeaned Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tliab and Pressley’s social media followings, claiming that did not translate to actual action.
Freshman progressive Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (upper left), Omar (upper right), Rashida Tlaib (lower left) and Ayanna Pressley (lower right) have been at odds with House leadership after becoming the only four to vote against against a $4.6 billion border bill
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attacked the congresswomen for focusing on their social media followings instead of an actual following that makes change. ‘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.’
‘I find it strange when members act as though social media isn’t important,’ Ocasio-Cortez fired back at the speaker’s comments, claiming her Twitter following translates to real action
‘All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,’ Pelosi told The New York Times in an interview after all four congresswomen voted against the bill. ‘But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.’
Ocasio-Cortez fired back against the Speaker’s comments, claiming that the social media following indicated they are able to ‘achieve meaningful change.’
‘I find it strange when members act as though social media isn’t important,’ Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
‘They set millions of [dollars] on [fire] to run TV ads so people can see their message,’ Ocasio-Cortez wrote in describing how out of touch some senior members are in their expensive forms of public outreach.
‘I haven’t dialed for dollars *once* this year, & have more time to do my actual job. Yet we’d rather campaign like it’s 2008,’ she continued.
Trump’s reference to the congresswomen in question mostly applies to Omar, who, when she was a young girl, fled Somalia with her family to seek asylum in the U.S.
She now represents Minnesota’s fifth congressional district, which includes Minneapolis.
Tliab is the daughter of two Palestinian immigrants and Ocasio-Cortez’s mother is from Puerto Rico. Pressley is the first African American woman elected to Congress to represent Massachusetts.