#RacistPresident trends amid criticism over Trump tweets

#RacistPresident trends amid criticism over Trump tweets
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The hashtag #RacistPresident trended on Twitter Monday as a host of lawmakers condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE for suggesting that a group of progressive congresswomen should go back to the "broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) was one of many Twitter users to use the hashtag as he announced his plans to bring an impeachment vote to the floor of the House of Representatives. The congressman, a repeated critic of Trump's, said he was bringing forth the vote because of "bigotry in policy, harmful to our society."

New York City mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMayor accuses de Blasio of dumping New York's homeless in Newark Conservatives must absolutely talk politics at the Thanksgiving table Booker campaign announces six-figure ad buy to qualify for December debate MORE (D) also used the hashtag while describing Trump as someone "obsessed with trying to make American HATE again."

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The response from lawmakers and the public came one day after Trump targeted a group of female congresswomen, saying that they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came" before speaking out about how the U.S. government should be run. 

Trump did not identify the lawmakers. But the comments came amid a week of escalating tension between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a group of four freshman House Democrats — Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.). 

Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley were born in the United States. Omar was born in Somalia before coming to the U.S. as a refugee with her family. 

"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 tweeted on Sunday. 

"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," he added. "These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough."

Several Democratic lawmakers, as well as multiple GOP lawmakers, have derided the remarks as "xenophobic" and "racist." Ocasio-Cortez said the statements showed Trump couldn't "conceive of an America" that includes elected women of color.

Pelosi on Monday urged House Democrats to support a resolution condemning Trump over his comments. 

"The House cannot allow the President’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets," she wrote in a letter to House Democrats.  

Trump, meanwhile, has stood by his remarks, telling reporters that he wasn't concerned about the interpretations of his comments. 

“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” he said, adding that the lawmakers he targeted “hate our country."

The hashtag #RacistInChief took off on Sunday after Trump’s initial tweets.