President Donald Trump, whose entire 2016 campaign focused on America not currently being great, has a new directive for those criticizing America: You can get out. Trump unleashed a firestorm Sunday by tweeting that certain Democratic congresswomen should "go back and help fix” countries they “originally came" from before trying to improve the U.S., later citing Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib by name at a Wednesday rally.
All but one of the congresswomen were born in the U.S., all are citizens of the United States and all are minorities. "This is what racism looks like," Pressley said Sunday, while Omar said Trump was "stoking white nationalism."
A back-and-forth followed, with Trump falsely claiming Omar was "pro Al-Qaeda" and the House (including four Republicans) condemning Trump's "racist comments" that "legitimized fear and hatred." Trump denied any racism, accusing the four Republicans of "weakness."
Trump's son, Eric Trump, said 95% of Americans love his dad's message, but polling shows otherwise: Sixty-eight percent of Americans called the tweets offensive. And Trump's latest controversy comes against a backdrop of him trying to prevent most migrants from claiming asylum and what he called "successful" ICE raids.
At a Wednesday rally, Trump slammed Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia. The chants started: "Send her back! Send her back!" Trump, who paused as the crowd repeated the chant nearly a dozen times, later claimed he disagreed with the message. Omar called the moment "chilling and horrifying," responding with a Maya Angelou poem on Twitter: "You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise."
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Yes, all your friends are making filtered images of themselves as old people via the now-viral FaceApp, but the Democratic Party is hoping its presidential candidates won't be among them. "Unfortunately, this novelty is not without risk," a new memo from DNC security officer Bob Lord said. "FaceApp was developed by Russians." The memo asks campaign staffers to "delete the app immediately" as "the benefits of avoiding the app outweigh the risks" following Russia-linked cyberattacks against the DNC in 2016. Should you use FaceApp? Depends on how much you value privacy.
This week in Trump
- An impeachment effort targeting Trump was defeated in the House.
- New Court files show the FBI tied Donald Trump and top aides to a 2016 effort to silence porn star Stormy Daniels.
- Trump should "aim higher" following "go back" tweets, per Lindsey Graham.
- Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway's husband called Trump racist in a new op-ed.
- Will Trump see fallout from his tweets on those Democratic congresswomen?
This week in 2020 Dems
- Here's who will be on stage for the second 2020 Democratic debate.
- AOC is driving more social media traffic than any Democratic presidential candidate.
- Joe Biden on Trump: I'd challenge him to do push-ups if he mocks my age.
- Beto O'Rourke revealed he descended from slave owners and supports reparations.
- Kamala Harris took money from the law firm that represented Jeffrey Epstein on the same day she blasted it.
- Trump's Democratic challengers have raised more than $100 million.
- Megan Rapinoe will be my Secretary of State, Jay Inslee joked.
- Only Pete Buttigieg got a standing ovation as candidates campaigned in Iowa.
- Alyssa Milano defended her presence at a fundraiser for Marianne Williamson.
- Debate bounce? Trump effect? Who is winning the race for 2020 campaign cash
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump, Omar, AOC and Biden: The week's top news in politics