Pressley responds to Trump tweet: 'This is what racism looks like'

Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Omar endorses Sanders presidential bid 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."

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 PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found 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.