Johnson and Hunt condemn Trump’s remarks but decline to brand them racist

Clay Curtis
July 19, 2019

Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday condemned US President Donald Trump's tweets telling progressive Democrat congresswomen to "go back" where they came from as "completely unacceptable".

The four themselves fired back late Monday, condemning what they called "xenophobic bigoted remarks" from the president and renewing calls for their party to begin impeachment proceedings.

Mr Hunt said: "I have three half-Chinese children, and they are British citizens born on the NHS, and if anyone ever said to them "go back to China", I would be utterly appalled".

'Racism and xenophobia have no place in America, ' tweeted former vice president Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Most leading Republicans have been silent. "Then come back and show us how it's done". Do your job, is what I would say to the president.

The lawmakers' criticism has been aimed at Trump and his administration's policies and actions.

May, who is set to step down next week following her resignation over Brexit, thinks "the language which was used to refer to the women was completely unacceptable", spokesman James Slack said.

"So many people are angry at them & their frightful & disgusting actions!" he wrote.

He also described Trump's presidency as "dysfunctional", "incompetent", and "inept".

Trump has repeatedly tested Twitter's community standards with his regular tirades on the platform.

While Trump denies he is racist, he has a long history of political pandering to white suspicions about other ethnic groups, which many believe helped him win electoral victory in 2016 and which could be important in the election next year.

The measure says Mr Trump's tweets "have legitimised and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of colour". Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of MA, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota - to "go back" to their "corrupt" and "broken and crime infested" countries.

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"So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion", he said in a tweet early this morning.

A few called Trump's words "racist" and "disrespectful".

In his first series of Twitter posts on July 14, Trump called out several progressive Democratic congresswomen.

She told him: "You are angry because you can't conceive of an America that includes us".

Trump's remarks, she said, reaffirmed "his plan to 'Make America Great Again" has always been about making America white again'.

The President claimed the congresswomen were "loudly [.] and viciously telling the people of the United States [.] how our government is to be run".

Despite the backlash over his comments, Mr Trump remained unrepentant on Monday, suggesting the congresswomen should apologise.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, one of the President's top allies in Congress, said during an appearance on Fox News that the Democrats in question were "communists" and "hate Israel".

"By Trump alleging there was widespread censorship of conservatives, that maneuver really forced Twitter into a corner, to where they're not able to execute on this policy, especially when you have the most high-status Twitter user in the fray", she said. "We must work as a country to rise above hate, not enable it". Pelosi has been seeking to minimize Ocasio-Cortez's influence in the House Democratic caucus in recent days, prompting the freshman lawmaker to accuse Pelosi of trying to marginalize women of color.

"While ADL has publicly disagreed with these congresswomen on some issues, the president is echoing the racist talking points of white nationalists and cynically using the Jewish people and the state of Israel as a shield to double down on his remarks".

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