Donald Trump has said that some Democrat congresswomen from countries “whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came”.
While it was not explicitly clear to whom the US president was referring, it came after he launched an extraordinary attackon Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar – both women of colour – saying he “doesn’t even know where they came from”.
He tweeted: “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.
“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!”
Commenters quickly condemned Mr Trump’s comments as racist, some accusing him of xenophobia or “early Hitler”-style talk.
Yesterday, Mr Trump had claimed Ms Ocasio-Cortez and Ms Omar were among a group of Democrats being “disrespectful” to speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Ms Pelosi had told colleagues she was frustrated with people using social media to criticise other members of the party. The comments were interpreted as being directed as Ms Ocasio-Cortez, Ms Omar, and two other Democrat women, all of whom have large social media followings among progressives and have been outspoken.
The president said: “I deal with Nancy Pelosi a lot and we go back and forth and it’s fine, but I think that a group of people is being very disrespectful to her. And you know what, I don’t think that Nancy can let that go on.”
*story by The Independent