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

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoStage production 'Americano!' tells the life and struggles of a 'Dreamer' Democratic lawmaker says Trump 'doesn't have full command' on Iran Democratic Congressman: Why Progressives have been pushing for War Powers resolution for months 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 PelosiDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism 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.