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Pelosi: Trump's attack on Democratic lawmakers reaffirms his plan to make 'America white again'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump shows he holds stranglehold on GOP, media in CPAC barnburner Biden brings back bipartisan meetings at the White House McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday condemned President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE for telling a group of progressive lawmakers to go back to where they came from, saying the "xenophobic" comments reaffirmed that Trump's plan is about "making America white again."

"When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to 'Make America Great Again' has always been about making America white again," Pelosi said on Twitter. "Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power."

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Pelosi added in a separate tweet that she rejected Trump's "xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation."

"Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values," she continued.

Her comments came just hours after Trump targeted a group of progressive lawmakers, telling them to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came" from before speaking out about how the United States government should be run. 

Trump did not identify the lawmakers. But the remarks came amid a week of escalating tension between Pelosi and a group of four freshman House Democrats — Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMehdi Hasan gets MSNBC Sunday prime-time show Six ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' MORE (D-Minn.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Detailed sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo 'painful to read' The GOP's uncertain future Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-N.Y.), Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSix ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill MORE (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley says image of Black custodial staff cleaning up Capitol after Jan. 6 riot 'haunts' her DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes DeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel MORE (D-Mass.). 

"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 said in an early morning string of tweets. 

"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."

Omar was born Mogadishu, Somalia, before coming to the U.S. as a refugee with her family. Pressley was born in Cincinnati, while Tlaib was born in Detroit. Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York.

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) denounced the remarks while appearing on "Fox News Sunday," saying Trump's tweet was racist. 

Pelosi has repeatedly feuded with Trump since becoming the leader of the House in January. She said last week that Trump's push to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census is an effort to "make America white again."

"This is about keeping — you know his hat — make America white again," Pelosi said at an event in San Francisco, referring to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."