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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-CortezOcasio-Cortez criticizes opening of migrant facility for children under Biden Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday condemned Republican members of Congress for "spineless complicity" in their responses to President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident 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 PressleyEconomist makes the case for federal jobs guarantee Clintons, Tyler Perry among mourners at Cicely Tyson memorial Democrats warn of 'whataboutism' ahead of Trump defense MORE (D-Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarJamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' To address global fragility, we must start locally Omar calls for released Saudi women's rights activist to be allowed to leave country MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibJamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill LIVE COVERAGE: Senate opens Trump's second impeachment trial 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 GrahamProgressive support builds for expanding lower courts McConnell backs Garland for attorney general Senate GOP campaign chief talks strategy with Trump 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.