Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has come forward to condemn Donald Trump’s attack on Democratic congresswomen. May called Trump’s remarks “completely unacceptable.”
Trump quickly prompted furor and accusations of racism after he suggested that the congresswomen “go back” to the “broken and crime-infested places from which they came”.
His statements were directed at four congresswomen of color, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, who have all been critical of Trump’s immigration policies.
May’s official spokesperson told the media that: “The prime minister’s view is that the language used to refer to these women was completely unacceptable.”
Her response is May’s strongest criticism of Trump to date. She previously condemned his comments about the Charlottesville protests, and for his retweeting the far-right British group Britain First.
It all began when Trump posted on Twitter saying: “So interesting to see ‘progressive’ Democrat congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, how our government is to be run.”
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came. 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!”
Trump has previously criticized AOC and Omar, saying he “did not even know where they came from”. He claimed the pair were part of a group of Democrats being “disrespectful” to Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, after tensions between senior figures in the party and a younger generation of the left.
AOC responded to the outburst by stating that Trump had “showed off his white nationalism for the world to see.”
She went on to state: “You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder. You won’t accept a nation that sees healthcare as a right or education as a number one priority, especially where we’re the ones fighting for it. Yet here we are.”
Ilhan Omar tweeted “Mr. President, as members of congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States. Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen.”
She added: “You are stoking white nationalism because you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.”
Replying to the accusations that his tweets were racist Trump said “so sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, ‘RACIST’.