Trump demands apology after his racist tweets

The president is demanding an apology from the people he launched a racist and public tirade against over the weekend.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump sparked a firestorm by demanding that four prominent progressive U.S. congresswomen—three of whom were born in the United States—should go back to the countries they came from.

Yet the president himself apparently felt like the aggrieved party because Trump on Monday said “radical Congressmen” need to apologize to the office of the president, as well as the American people, for their use of foul language, most likely referring to Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-Mich.) “impeach the motherfucker” comment.

He also mentioned “the people of Israel” deserve an apology for “things they have said,” continuing to hound Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism by the right.

Trump continued on, with a tweet that makes you really think he just might be projecting: “If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.”

Interesting indeed, as it was Trump’s 2016 victory that came after racism toward Latin Americans and Muslims.

Trump’s series of tweets came in the wake of Democratic infighting between the four Trump singled out—Tlaib, Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)—and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). It was a moment Republicans were enjoying, a major schism in the opposition party.

Some in the pundit class are now scrambling to distance themselves from Trump’s tweets.

But Republican representatives in Congress have been relatively silent, with Ocasio-Cortez saying the “entire” caucus has been silent.

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) became the first Republican congressman to blast the president’s tweet on Sunday night.

Others doubled down.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went the opposite route this morning on Fox & Friends, calling the four women communists and anti-Semites.

An hour after Graham’s appearance on Fox, Trump shared his appearance in full on Twitter, reinforcing the senator’s claim about the four women being anti-Semitic communists.

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David Covucci

David Covucci

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