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Ocasio-Cortez condemns congressional Republicans for 'spineless complicity'

Ocasio-Cortez condemns congressional Republicans for 'spineless complicity'
© Greg Nash

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday condemned Republican members of Congress for "spineless complicity" in their responses to President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE tweeting that she and three other Democratic congresswomen of color should “go back” to their home countries.

"For hours, we waited for a single Republican in Congress to condemn Trump’s brazenly racist comments, but all we heard was a deafening silence — complicity," Ocasio-Cortez wrote in an email to supporters.

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"Not a single Republican in Congress unequivocally disavowed Trump telling four American Congresswoman to go back to their countries, displaying tacit approval for Trump’s naked racism," she added.

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

In the tweets, which seemed to be directed at Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIt's past time we elect a Black woman governor House Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias MORE (D-Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters Democrat says he won't introduce resolution to censure Greene MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Omar: I wasn't equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries MORE (D-Mich.), the president said they should "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.

Rep. Will Hurd (Texas), the only black Republican in the House, was the first member of his party to call the president's tweets "racist" and "xenophobic."

“The four women he is referring to are actually citizens of the United States, three of the four were born here,” Hurd said on CNN early Monday. “It’s also behavior that's unbecoming of the leader of the free world.”

Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) later in the day also called the tweets racist.

Turner and Hurd are the only members of their party so far to call the tweets racist. While a growing number of Republicans have condemned the remarks, the rest have stopped short of calling them racist, instead casting them as unreflective of American values.

Ocasio-Cortez highlighted the response of Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOn The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections Democrats shift tone on unemployment benefits Bipartisan infrastructure group grows to 20 senators MORE (R-S.C.), who said on "Fox & Friends" that the congresswomen Trump attacked "hate our own country." 

"Republicans aren’t just refusing to condemn Trump’s assault on immigrants in all forms — they’re doubling down on them," the New York lawmaker wrote.