It’s shocking to imagine that the United States, a shining beacon of freedom and democracy in the world, has a racist president. But that is what Donald Trump demonstrated this weekend by telling four fast-rising congresswomen who criticize his policies to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
That is not only racist, it’s misogynistic. And the ugly tradition behind the tweet — go back where you came from — sadly is as old as immigration itself. To Trump’s litany of half-truths, fact-spinning, misinformation and outright lies, add plain old ignorance.
Early Tuesday evening, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning Trump for his “racist comments” about four freshman Democratic congresswomen of color, according to the New York Times News Service.
It’s frustrating but not surprising that the resolution passed largely along party lines — 235 Democrats joined by only four Republicans supported the measure, the Times News Service reported. Republicans again failed to stand up to Trump and let him know in no uncertain terms that his behavior is intolerable.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a news conference Tuesday morning that he did not believe Trump’s tweets were racist. That, too, sends a disturbing message.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway responded to a question from reporter Andrew Feinberg about the president’s racist tweets against the four congresswomen with this: “What’s your ethnicity?”
Adding insult to injury, Conway told a right-wing media outlet that the minority congresswomen Trump attacked Sunday represent a “dark underbelly in this country.”
Asked to explain this comment, Conway crowed, “We are tired, sick and tired, of many people in this country, forget these people, they represent a dark underbelly in this country of people who are not respecting our troops.”
After the House vote, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, introduced articles of impeachment against Trump on the House floor in a bid to force a vote on the issue, which Democratic leaders have opposed. A vote did not take place, but Green posed this question: “What do you do when the leader of the free world is a racist?“
The answer is to hit hard and send a more powerful, wake-up-call message that such racist and misogynistic conduct is inarguably and totally unacceptable.