Tlaib strikes back at Trump for telling progressive congresswomen to ‘go back’ to where they were born

By: - July 14, 2019 11:41 am

Rashida Tlaib (left) and Donald Trump (right) | Photos by Ken Coleman and Getty Images

President Donald Trump spent another Sunday morning furiously tweeting, including bigoted attacks against progressive members of Congress, although not by name.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to the Alice B. Toklas Club in San Francisco for Pride, June 30, 2019 | Susan J. Demas

U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) appeared Saturday on a Netroots Nation panel in Philadelphia. Tlaib repeated her call to “impeach the MF’er.”

The group of progressive Democrats, which also includes U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), also have clashed with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who does not support impeaching Trump. Tlaib has led the fight for hearings.

Trump unleashed three tweets on Sunday interjecting himself into the dispute, in which he said the progressive lawmakers “came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” he added. “… These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough.”

Tlaib was born in Detroit, Pressley was born in Cincinnati, Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York City and Omar was born in Somalia.

Tlaib’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but the first-term congresswoman fired off a succinct tweet: “Want a response to a lawless & complete failure of a President? He is the crisis. His dangerous ideology is the crisis. He needs to be impeached.”

A number of political observers, including New York Times politics reporter Astead Wesley, called out the historically racist attack.

Several political figures came to the congresswomen’s defense, including U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.), who also supports impeachment proceedings. Amash called the tweets “racist and disgusting.”

Also coming to Tlaib’s defense was Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who previously told the Advance that she’s seen how much bigotry is directed at Tlaib on social media when she’s been tagged in posts.

The AG ended by referencing her infamous 2018 ad: “Don’t you long for the days when the most upsetting thing you read about was a candidate for state AG talking about the importance of not showing people their penis in the workplace?”

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 22-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive.