John Kerry: Pressley's story 'more American than any mantle this president could ever claim'

John Kerry: Pressley's story 'more American than any mantle this president could ever claim'
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Kerry wrote in a letter to the Boston Globe that Trump's tweets telling Pressley and the other freshman minority lawmakers to “go back” where they came from were "of course" racist.

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Kerry, who served under former President Obama, called Trump's comments “even more revolting.” He said that Pressley, who served as his political director in 2009 when he was a senator, “lov[es] her country so much that she wanted to help America live up to its ideals.”

“A strong woman raised in public housing by a fearless mother who sacrificed to keep her safe? An activist who found in Boston a life of public service and a determination to speak up for people who were underrepresented? That story identifies as more 'American' than any mantle this president could ever claim,” Kerry wrote.

“No wonder Donald Trump is afraid of her,” he added.

Kerry has defended Pressley on Twitter as well, tweeting on Monday that Pressley is "made of tougher stuff than any Trump tweet or any bully's bombast."

Trump has doubled down on his attacks against the four congresswomen since he first sparked a political firestorm with his tweets going after them on Sunday.

During a rally Wednesday evening, Trump blasted each of the four lawmakers individually and was met with chants of "send her back" when mentioning Omar.

All four lawmakers are U.S. citizens and all were born in the U.S. except for Omar, who came to the United States after being a refugee in Somalia.