Asked if his tweets regarding progressive Democratic congresswomen were racist, President Trump said, “Not at all.”
Here’s what he said:
“Not at all. Not at all. If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn’t want to be in our country… let me tell you, if you look at her statements on Al Qaeda, did you see her statements on Al Qaeda? When you look at her statements about people — but what I’m going to do is I’m going to speak from right over here because there’s so many people here and this is really about economic development and how well our country is doing, but I’m going to discuss the issues.”
Some background: Trump used racist language on Sunday to attack the Democratic congresswomen, falsely implying they weren’t natural-born American citizens.
Trump did not name who he was attacking in Sunday’s tirade, but earlier this week he referenced New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when the President was defending House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
A group of Democrats, who are women of color and have been outspoken about Trump’s immigration policies, last week condemned the conditions of border detention facilities. The group of women joining Ocasio-Cortez were Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley are natural-born US citizens, while Omar was born in Somalia and immigrated to the US when she was young. Omar became a citizen in 2000 when she was 17 years old, according to the New York Times.