Ocasio-Cortez condemns congressional Republicans for 'spineless complicity'

Ocasio-Cortez condemns congressional Republicans for 'spineless complicity'
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez to hold campaign rallies in Los Angeles, Las Vegas Overwhelming majority say social media companies have too much influence: poll MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday condemned Republican members of Congress for "spineless complicity" in their responses to President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' 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 PressleyIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair MORE (D-Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll 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 GrahamRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip 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.