Arizona Democrat: 'To people like Trump I will never be American enough'

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoHispanic caucus report takes stock of accomplishments with eye toward 2021 Senators call on Pentagon to reinstate funding for Stars and Stripes newspaper Hispanic Caucus campaign chief to mount leadership bid MORE (D-Ariz.) said President Trump's Sunday morning tweet telling a group of Democratic congresswomen, most of whom were born in the U.S., to "go back" to their home countries sounds similar to attacks he heard growing up. 

Gallego said kids would tell him to "go back to Mexico," even though he was born in the U.S. 

"I thought then that it was just kids," the Iraq War veteran tweeted. 


"I got to high school and thought that would change. I was a good student, Student Council President etc... was still told by other students to go back to Mexico," Gallego said. 

Even after joining the Marine Corps, fighting "in some of the hardest battles" and returning to "carry the mental scars," Gallego said he came home and was still told to "to return to Mexico." 

"To people like Trump I will never be American enough," he said. "So if you wonder why I give no inch to these racists, now you know. Nothing will ever satisfy them, all we can do is stop them."

Last week Gallego joined a growing number of House Democrats calling to begin impeachment inquiries into Trump.

Trump's tweet targets unnamed "progressive" Democrat congresswomen, who he said came from "countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe."

"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 said. 

His tweet follows a week of heightened tensions between Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report Trump seeks boost from seniors with 0 drug discount coupons GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November MORE (D-Calif.) and a group of freshman House Democrats including  including Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). 

Omar came to the U.S. as a Somali refugee, as a child, with her family. Pressley was born in Cincinnati, while Tlaib was born in Detroit. Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York.