2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist

2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist
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A wave of Democratic presidential candidates took to Twitter this week to condemn President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE for a series of tweets suggesting four nonwhite progressive congresswomen to “go back” to other countries "and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJoe Biden faces an uncertain path Bernie Sanders vows to go to 'war with white nationalism and racism' as president Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there' MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday tweeted, “When I call the president a racist, this is what I'm talking about.”

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJoe Biden faces an uncertain path Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate MORE (D-Calif.) called Trump's remarks an "un-American" and "racist attack." Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat Joe Biden faces an uncertain path The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown MORE (D-Mass.) added in her own tweet, “This *is* their country, regardless of whether or not Trump realizes it.”

The series of rebukes from Democratic White House hopefuls came after the president sparked uproar on Sunday morning when he tweeted that unnamed 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."

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Trump did not specify to which lawmakers he was referring, but the comments were widely interpreted as targeting Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey Joseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts The latest victims of the far-left's environmental zealotry: Long Islanders MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bullsh-t purity test' The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown Tlaib's grandmother to Trump: 'May God ruin' you MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bullsh-t purity test' The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown Tlaib's grandmother to Trump: 'May God ruin' you MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' MORE (D-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.

A number of other Democratic presidential contenders issued similar condemnations of Trump's remarks Monday as the president dug in on his attacks.

“Trump is obsessed with trying to make American [sic] HATE again,” New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape CNN to host de Blasio, Bullock town halls MORE (D) tweeted, echoing comments he made Sunday to CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperButtigieg says voting for Trump is 'at best' looking the other way on racism White House trade adviser says Chinese tariffs are not hurting US Former acting solicitor general: 'Literally unfathomable' that Trump would retweet conspiracy theory about Epstein death MORE.

“More than 24 hours have passed since Trump’s racist attacks on @IlhanMN, @AOC, @RashidaTlaib and @AyannaPressley, and not one Republican has stood up to condemn them. Shameful and embarrassing,” Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeAndrew Yang promises mass pardon to those imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana offenses 13 states file lawsuit over Trump 'public charge' rule Harris unveils plan to combat domestic terrorism MORE (D) tweeted Monday.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro also spoke out strongly against the remarks on Monday on CNN’s “New Day.”

“It’s disgusting, it’s racist…everybody knows that the President acts like a white supremacist,” Castro said Monday.

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Head of flight attendants group claims 'broad support' for 'Medicare for All' among union members 2020 Democrats release joint statement ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally MORE (D-Ohio) called the tweets “racist, un-American and unpresidential,” while Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonNative American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment 2020 Democrats urge Israel to reverse decision banning Omar, Tlaib visit 2020 Democrats release joint statement ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted Sunday “The president thinks if you’re not white, you’re not an American,” adding that he believed there was a "constitutional duty" to impeach Trump.

“I don’t know what else to say but Donald Trump is a racist and a criminal and we have a constitutional duty to impeach him,” Moulton tweeted.

Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down MORE (D) added that Trump’s “racist and xenophobic comments" were "beneath the dignity of the presidency.”

Trump on Monday denied he was being racist and expressed no remorse when told that white nationalist groups found common cause with his message, adding that members of Congress “hate our country,” harbor hatred of Jews and love for terrorist groups and are “free to leave” the U.S. if they choose.

Ocasio-Cortez earlier on Monday had slammed Trump for using the "language of white supremacists" in telling a group of Democratic congresswomen that they should "go back" to the countries they came from.