Trump: ‘I’M a racist? YOU’RE the racist!’

Trump: 'I'M a racist? YOU'RE the racist!'

President Donald Trump, son and husband of immigrants, has tweeted that four U.S. citizens should “go back where they came from,” even though three of them are native-born children of immigrants, one is a naturalized citizen who came to the U.S. as a child refugee, and all four are women of color who were recently elected to Congress.

There was swift reaction from most Republican officials: [crickets].

Others have rightly condemned the president’s statement as racist. Mr. Trump’s reaction to this criticism was predicable: I’M a racist? YOU’RE the racists!

Some suggested that President Trump should apologize for the racist remarks, and his reaction was likewise predictable: ME apologize? YOU should apologize!

There was evidence that Mr. Trump was paraphrasing recent comments by Fox News pundits, and predictions that the president would continue these racist attacks as part of his 2020 campaign strategy. After all, racism got him elected in the first place.


“Republicans embrace Trump’s racism. Blame them as much as him.” Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

“Trump says he’s not concerned about being racist because ‘many people agree’ with him,” Aaron Rupar, Vox

“Trump Is a Racist. If You Still Support Him, So Are You.” Goldie Taylor, Daily Beast

“Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2019,” German Lopez, Vox

“President Trump’s Bigotry Is Part of a Pattern,” Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg

“Racism Comes Out of the Closet,” Paul Krugman, Washington Post

“Trump’s America Is a ‘White Man’s Country,’” Jamelle Bouie, New York Times

“‘His only tool is racism’: why Trump’s bigoted tirade could be a vote winner,” David Smith, The Guardian

“Trump Attacks Democratic Congresswomen With White Nationalist Rhetoric,” Chas Danner, New York Magazine

“Trump answers racism accusation with a charge of his own: Anti-Semitism,” Washington Post

“Anti-Defamation League warns Trump to stop ‘throwing around accusations of anti-Semitism,'” Marina Pitofsky, The Hill

“Presidential historian: Trump joins Andrew Johnson ‘as the most racist president in American history,'” Catherine Garcia, The Week


“The racism in Trump’s attacks should be impossible to deny,” P.R. Lockhart, Vox

“Confused About Trump’s Twitter Rant? Look to the Birther Movement,” Jess McHugh, Fortune

“These are the 29 members of Congress born outside the US,” John Harrington, USA Today

“‘Go Back Where You Came From’: The Long Rhetorical Roots Of Trump’s Racist Tweets,” Colin Dwyer and Andrew Limbong, NPR News

“Trump tweets send stinging message to countless Americans,” Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press

“With Latest Nativist Rhetoric, Trump Takes America Back To Where It Came From,” Ron Elving, NPR News

“Schwarzenegger calls Trump attack on minority lawmakers ‘un-American’ and ‘crude,'” Jessica Campisi, The Hill

“Melania Trump silent as her husband attacks congresswomen by implying they aren’t US citizens,” Kate Bennett, CNN

“Fox News Bends Over Backward To Paint Trump Tweets As Anything But Racist,” Nicole Lafond, TalkingPpointsMemo

“Donald Trump Is Who We Thought He Was,” Jack Shafer, Politico

“A Racist In the White House,” David Remnick, The New Yorker


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