Foreign-born lawmaker: Trump's not going to tell me to 'go back to my country'

A congressman born in Lima, Peru, said President Trump's tweet suggesting a group of congresswomen "go back" to the countries that they came from has "nothing to do with birthplace." 

As a foreign-born representative, unlike many of the women Trump was likely targeting in his Sunday tweet, Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesHouse panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps COVID-19 could complicate Pelosi's path to Speaker next year Democrats debate fate of Trump probes if Biden wins MORE (D-Conn.) said he hasn't been told to "go back" by Trump, calling himself a "white male." 

"But I’m a white male of European descent. He’s not going to tell me to ‘go back to my county’. His tantrum has nothing to do with birthplace." Himes said in a Monday Instagram post, sharing a photo of himself as a second grade student in Colombia. "This country is stronger because of our diversity."

Trump tweeted Sunday that "'progressive' Democrat Congresswomen who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe" should "go back." 

The tweet appears to be aimed at a group of freshman House Democrats, 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 child as a Somali refugee. The other congresswomen were born in the U.S.

Democrats have denounced the president's tweet as a racist message designed to divide Americans. 

He doubled down on his remarks late Sunday, despite the backlash.

Republicans have not come forward to denounce the president's tweet.