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Trump tweets targeting congresswomen spark responses from local politicians

Trump tweets targeting congresswomen spark responses from local politicians

Local representatives, senators condemn the President's statements
Trump tweets targeting congresswomen spark responses from local politicians
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik in Schuylerville in April
Photographer: Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer

CAPITAL REGION -- Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Stillwater, called President Trump’s latest string of controversial Tweets about democratic congresswomen “inappropriate, denigrating, and wrong.”

Stefanik is among a handful of other local representatives and New York senators, who are speaking up about Trump’s recent statements.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that progressive Democratic congresswomen from places with “inept” governments shouldn’t say “how our government is to be run.” He proceeded to say the congresswomen should “go back” to the “crime infested” places where they “came from” and make changes there.

The tweets are referring to 2018-elected progressive democratic representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts. Only Omar was born outside of the U.S. in Somalia and became a U.S. citizen at age 17 in 2000. The other three were born in the U.S.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

Local politicians, both Democratic and Republican, are sharing their opinions on Trump’s recent threads.

“While I strongly disagree with the tactics, policies, and rhetoric of the far-left socialist ‘Squad,’ the President’s tweets were inappropriate, denigrating, and wrong,” Stefanik tweeted on Monday. “It is unacceptable to tell legal U.S. citizens to go back to their home country.”

Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, quoted a portion of Trump’s comments and called them divisive.

“Mr. President, most of my colleagues “went back to where we came from” this weekend―our districts,” Tonko tweeted. “Diverse, wonderful places that respect & cherish the American Dream and don’t need insults from a President who uses racism to divide us & seems not to care about the consequences.”

Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, responded similarly, writing that Trump’s tweets were “hateful and disgusting.”

“My colleagues are dedicated American public servants who are proudly serving their constituents,” Delgado tweeted. “They represent the best of the American Dream & make our democracy stronger with diverse experiences & perspectives.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., also referred to Trump’s comments as racist, as hashtags like “#RacistInChief” began trending Sunday.

“The birther-in-chief continues to spout racist, un-American garbage to distract from his failing administration,” Gillibrand said. “Democratic women of the House do more to make our country great than Trump ever will.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Trump’s tweets with tweets of her own on Sunday and Monday.

“It’s important to note that the President’s words [yesterday], telling four American Congresswomen of color “go back to your own country,” is hallmark language of white supremacists,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Monday. “Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans.”

On Monday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that House Democrats are drafting a resolution against Trump’s tweets. Pelosi said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Rep. Tom Malinowksi, D-N.J., will draft the resolution, with no date set for completion.

Late Monday evening, a representative from Rep. Tonko’s office indicated that a resolution had been introduced and could be voted on as early as Tuesday. 

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