On Tuesday, Jim Kenney, the mayor Philadelphia had some strong words for Donald Trump related to the racist tweets he made on Sunday. Trump told four congresswomen of color to “go back where they came from.” Kenney angrily stated that Trump would “have to go to hell” if he ever went back where he came from.
Kenney’s statements came during his announcement about new steps the city is taking to help immigrants facing deportation.
“I have this vision of one day in heaven, or outside of heaven because they’re not going to get in, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Tom Homan, and everybody else standing in a cyclone-fenced dungeon, a cyclone-fenced cell outside of heaven for eternity because that’s what they’re going to have to do because what they’re doing now is so anti-human, antithetical, anti-American, anti-decent, it’s all terrible what they’re doing,” Kenney said. “The step the president took yesterday when he told four American citizens to go back where they came from makes him an idiot because he didn’t know they were born in Detroit and Chicago and New York, so that’s the problem. If Donald Trump ever has to go back where he came from, he’s going to have to go to hell.”
Trump’s racist tweets were aimed at four freshman Democrats who have garnered attention for their outspoken liberal views and strong dislikes for Trump. He accused the four congresswomen known collectively as “The Squad” of “spewing some of the vilest, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician” and added, “If you hate our country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!”
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
AOC returned his fire.
“You’re right, Mr. President – you don’t have a racist bone in your body. You have a racist mind in your head and a racist heart in your chest,” she tweeted.
Kenney has long been a critic of Trump, He has accused him of trying to “turn this country into a dictatorship.” Kenney made that statement after Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House following their Super Bowl win.
Trump has targeted Philadelphia before, claiming that Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner didn’t go after criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety.
The City of Philadelphia has committed $100,000 to support deportation defense in 2020.