Pressley on Trump tweets: 'I've moved on'

Pressley on Trump tweets: 'I've moved on'
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Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHaitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes Advocates 'in utter disbelief' after Biden resumes Haitian repatriations Democratic bill would force Fed to defund fossil fuels MORE (D-Mass.) on Monday said she has "moved on" after President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE said that she and three other Democratic congresswomen of color should “go back” to their home countries, even though they are all U.S. citizens.

“I’ve moved on, and the American people in my district need for me to move on," Pressley told NBC Boston's Alison King.

"I don’t have the time to be offended or outraged about [a] predictable pattern of hateful, bigoted rhetoric from the occupant of this White House.” 

Trump on Sunday tweeted about an unnamed group of progressive Democrats "who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe."

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In the tweets, which seemed to be directed at Pressley and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMcCarthy on Dems' spending bill: 'The amount of money we spent to win World War II' On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Photos of the Week: Renewable energy, gymnast testimonies and a Met Gala dress MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan Enough with the GDP — it's time to measure genuine progress Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats eye potential carbon price in reconciliation bill MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocratic bill would force Fed to defund fossil fuels Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan 'Squad' members call on Biden to shut down Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota MORE (D-Mich.), the president suggested they "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

All four of the freshman congresswomen are U.S. citizens, and only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the U.S.

The comments have widely been condemned by members of the Democratic Party as racist. Republicans have also criticized the remarks but only two, Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFirst Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel MORE (Texas) and Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerGOP hopefuls fight for Trump's favor in Ohio Senate race Overnight Defense: JEDI axed | Pentagon defends Bagram exit | Military justice reform coming soon Military braces for sea change on justice reform MORE (Ohio), went as far as calling the tweets "racist."

Pressley initially responded that "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."

Trump has defended his tweets as "not at all" racist.

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In the tweets, which seemed to be directed at Pressley and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), the president suggested they "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

All four of the freshman congresswomen are U.S. citizens, and only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the U.S.

The comments have widely been condemned by the Democratic Party as racist. Republicans have also criticized the remarks but only two, Reps. Will Hurd (Texas) and Mike Turner (Ohio), went as far as calling the tweets racist.

Pressley initially responded that "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."

Trump has defended his tweets as "not at all" racist.