Rep. Haaland says Trump's 'go back' remarks 'perplexing and wrongheaded' to Native Americans

Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandWarren unveils Native American policy plan Booker eyes farm conservation, reforestation and wetlands restoration in climate plan Trump's plans for development at Bears Ears monument sparks condemnation MORE (D-N.M.) said President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE's tweet telling four progressive lawmakers to "go back" to the countries where they came from is "perplexing and wrongheaded" to Native Americans like herself.

Haaland, one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, offered her thoughts in an op-ed Monday in The New York Times with the headline "Trump Wants Immigrants to 'Go Back.' Native Americans Don't."

In it, she noted that Trump himself is a second-generation American.

"My Pueblo ancestors, despite being targeted at every juncture — despite facing famine and drought — still inhabit this country today. But indigenous people aren’t asking anyone to go back to where they came from," she wrote.

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Haaland emphasized Monday that the "president’s tweets and words matter."

"It’s on all of us to call out what is pure hate and racism and stand up for one another," she wrote.

"There is no moral high ground from which President Trump or any of his followers can tell anyone to leave this country, because they are not the first inhabitants of this land."

Haaland said that Trump claiming the country as his own "proves that he doesn’t understand his place."

"As a 35th generation New Mexican and a descendant of the original inhabitants of this continent, I say that the promise of our country is for everyone to find success, pursue happiness and live lives of equality. This is the Pueblo way. It’s the American way."

Trump touched off a controversy a week ago with his tweet targeting four first-year lawmakers — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey Joseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts The latest victims of the far-left's environmental zealotry: Long Islanders MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bullsh-t purity test' The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown Tlaib's grandmother to Trump: 'May God ruin' you MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bullsh-t purity test' The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown Tlaib's grandmother to Trump: 'May God ruin' you MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' MORE (Mass.). All four members of the self-described Squad are minorities and U.S. citizens. Omar is the only one born in another country.

Trump has since reiterated the remarks several times, saying the four progressive women of color "hate America."

The House on Tuesday voted to condemn Trump's tweets as racist. Four GOP lawmakers, as well as Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to Trump MORE (Mich.), joined every Democrat in approving the resolution.