On Sunday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned to Twitter to slam Donald Trump for his racist attack on Democratic congresswomen. Clinton slapped back at Trump tweeting that there was only one person responsible for the “complete and total catastrophe” in Washington: the president himself.
“They’re from America,” Clinton wrote on Twitter, referencing Trump’s inaccurate statements about the congresswomen. “And you’re right about one thing: Currently their government is a complete and total catastrophe.”
Her comments came just hours after Trump wrote on Twitter that a coalition of “Progressive Democrat Congresswomen” who came from “countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” should “go back” to the “broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Trump’s comments were seen by the majority as a vitriolic attack against Congress’ high- profile women. The four women, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar are all freshman Congress members.
All four of the congresswomen are women of color, but only one, Ilhan Omar, was born outside of the United States. Omar was born in Somalia, but her family fled civil war and came to America when she was just a child.
Hillary Clinton has been an extremely vocal critic of Donald Trump’s since she lost the 2016 presidential election to him. She has struck back at him for his lambasting of her name, racist and sexist remarks and she has also accused him of “despicable acts.” She vowed after his inauguration that she would “continue to speak out and fight for our basic rights.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has recently butted heads with the four congresswomen, also came to their defense on Sunday accusing Trump of “xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation.”
Republicans have remained silent about Trump’s remarks. Doug Heye, a Republican strategist recently stated that “If you were a Republican member of Congress for 10 years and didn’t speak out on ‘birtherism,’ are you going to speak out now?”
Despite the outcry from Democrats and users of social media, Trump doubled down on his xenophobic remarks tweeting that it was “so sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country.”
“Their disgusting language and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged,” he tweeted. “If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior, then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!”
Trump’s tweet appeared to be an open opportunity for Democrats to put recent tensions aside and come together to call out Donald Trump.