The following is a statement from Annisa Karim, chair of the Collier County Democratic Party, in response to recent tweets from President Donald Trump urging four progressive members of Congress (Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley) to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Even though all are American citizens and three of the four were born in America. This statement was sent out in a press release to Southwest Florida media.
Were Donald Trump’s tweets racist?
Of course they were. They were directed at sitting members of Congress who were elected by a majority of people in the districts that they represent. They were directed toward American citizens, most native-born.
You expect this kind of disgusting language from white nationalists but not from the president of a country built on the backs of indigenous peoples, slaves, and immigrants. This is not only a new low for Trump, but a new low for the Office of the President.
But why would a man who built his entire campaign on complaining about this country make such a statement once he’s in office?
This is a deflection tactic.
He Is trying to distract from the fact that his tax policy is actually hurting Americans and has exploded the deficit.
He is trying to deflect from the fact that his tariffs are costing us more.
He is trying to deflect from the fact that our air is getting dirtier and our waterways are even more contaminated.
He is trying to deflect from the fact that despite low unemployment numbers the average American has not seen an increase to their income under his administration.
He is deflecting from the fact that many Americans need more than one or two jobs just to keep a roof over their heads.
He is deflecting from the fact that he cannot govern with a unifying message…he has to rile up his base instead.
More members of his own party should follow Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s lead.
“I think identity politics is a poison, it’s toxic,” Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, said in reaction to Trump’s racist tweets.
“I think that’s true when members of Congress practice it. But the presidency and the words of a president carry even greater weight in terms of the impact on society. The president shouldn’t have written that. I think it damages him but it damages the country, and none of us should be participating in identity politics.”