White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act Biden administration competency doubts increase Cook Political Report shifts Virginia governor's race to 'toss-up' MORE on Tuesday asked a reporter his ethnicity in response to a question about President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE’s “go back” comments directed at a group of nonwhite Democratic congresswomen.
Andrew Feinberg, a White House reporter for Breakfast Media, asked the Trump adviser what country the president was referring to when he said that the female lawmakers should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
“If the president was not telling these four congresswomen to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries was he referring?” Feinberg asked during a press gaggle in the White House driveway.
“What’s your ethnicity?” Conway asked.
“Why is that relevant?” Feinberg responded.
Conway said her own relatives were from Ireland and Italy.
“My own ethnicity is not relevant to the question I’m asking you,” Feinberg reiterated, but Conway disagreed.
“No, no. It is,” the Trump spokesperson said. “Because you’re asking about — he said ‘originally.’ He said ‘originally from.’ And you know everything he has said since and to have a full conversation.”
“So are you saying that the president was telling a Palestinian American to go back to the Middle East, to occupied territories?” he asked.
Conway said the president has already commented on this manner and pointed to his doubling down in a series of additional tweets.
“He is tired, a lot of us are sick and tired of America coming last,” Conway fired back. “To people who swore an oath of office. Sick and tired of our military being denigrated. Sick and tired of the Customs and Border Protection people I was with — who are overwhelming Hispanic, by the way, in McAllen, Texas.”
Conway said border officials are being harassed online by “a bunch of Hollywood D-listers who have nothing else to do but sit on their asses on Twitter all day."
The president sparked outrage on Sunday morning when he tweeted that unidentified progressive congresswomen "who originally came 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."
Trump did not identify which lawmakers he was referring to, but the comments were widely interpreted as targeting Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDozens of Democrats call for spending bill to pass 'climate test' House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibClimate advocates turn sights on Wall Street House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySix big off-year elections you might be missing Climate advocates turn sights on Wall Street House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting MORE (Mass.).
All four are U.S. citizens, and only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the U.S.
Feinberg took to Twitter after the altercation and said that it appeared Trump was telling the progressive women to go back to their countries of ancestral origin.
“She responded by asking me where my ancestors came from, thereby confirming what he meant,” the reporter wrote.
JUST NOW: I asked @KellyannePolls, who’d just said @realDonaldTrump was not telling Omar/Tlaib/Pressley/AOC to go back to Somalia/Gaza/Puerto Rico/etc, which countries he was referring to.— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) July 16, 2019
She responded by asking me where my ancestors came from, thereby confirming what he meant
Feinberg added that his ethnicity is from a "mix" of different countries, including Poland and Lithuania.
“In response to my question, @KellyannePolls inadvertently confirmed that @realDonaldTrump was telling @IlhanMN, @RashidaTlaib, @AOC, @AyannaPressley to return to Somalia, Gaza, Puerto Rico, and somewhere in Africa,” he wrote.
By asking about my ethnicity (a mix of and , I’m told) in response to my question, @KellyannePolls inadvertently confirmed that @realDonaldTrump was telling @IlhanMN, @RashidaTlaib, @AOC, @AyannaPressley to return to Somalia, Gaza, Puerto Rico, and somewhere in Africa. https://t.co/0egLbFXILk— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) July 16, 2019
The text of the measure “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should ‘go back’ to other countries.”