Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyWarren, Bush offer bill to give HHS power to impose eviction moratorium Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes Advocates 'in utter disbelief' after Biden resumes Haitian repatriations MORE (D-Mass.) said President Trump's Sunday morning tweet that suggested progressive congresswomen should "go back" where they came from illustrates racism.
"THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like," the freshman representative tweeted. "And we’re not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday."
THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like. And we’re not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday. pic.twitter.com/vYzoxCgN0X— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) July 14, 2019
Trump's tweet claimed unidentified House Democrats "who came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe" should "go back."
His tweet followed a week of escalating tension between Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE (D-Calif.) and a group of freshman Democrats, including Pressley.
Pelosi quickly came to the defense of House Democrats as one of the first Democrats to rebuke the tweet.
Democrats unified to denounce Trump's tweet following a tumultuous week of party infighting.