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-CortezTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' The Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday condemned Republican members of Congress for "spineless complicity" in their responses to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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 PressleyFormer GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' MORE (D-Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMichigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support 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 GrahamWhite House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts GOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death 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.