Americans are furious after now two days of President Donald Trump’s racist and nativist tweets attacking four progressive Democratic U.S Congresswoman who are also women of color. Trump told them to “go back” to the countries they came from (three of the four were born in the U.S. and all are citizens) then doubled down by accusing them of “racist hatred.”
#RacistPresident is now one of the top five trending topics on Twitter.
— The Tweetwit (@TheTweetwit) July 15, 2019
Many are speaking out, but the silence from Republicans in Congress is deafening.
There are 197 Republicans in the House and 53 Republicans in the Senate. That’s 250 Republican lawmakers, all of whom represent people of color, women, and people whose families were born outside the U.S.
Out of the 250 Republicans, so far only one has made any attempt to criticize the President, and even then the one who did also said he supported the President’s policies.
Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy, whose own actions in the past have drawn the ire of many, tweeted that Trump “was wrong to say any American citizen, whether in Congress or not, has any ‘home’ besides the U.S.”
But he quickly made clear he still supports President Trump:
POTUS was wrong to say any American citizen, whether in Congress or not, has any ‘home’ besides the U.S. But I just as strongly believe non-citizens who abuse our immigration laws should be sent home immediately, & Reps who refuse to defend America should be sent home 11/2020.
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) July 15, 2019
Here’s what many are saying in response to GOP silence:
Sirius XM host and veteran journalist:
There are many Republicans who are up for 2020, worried about keeping their seats, who held on by only a few votes.
They must be targeted right now on Trump’s racist comments. They are enabling a racist and must be taken down.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) July 15, 2019
White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post:
During the 2016 campaign, whenever Trump made racist or xenophobic comments there was a small but reliable chorus of Republican office holders who spoke out. Today, there’s silence, nine hours later.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) July 14, 2019
Co-Executive Director, Indivisible:
No Republican elected official should be able to appear in public today without being asked about Trump’s racist, vicious comments. Period.
— Leah Greenberg (@Leahgreenb) July 15, 2019
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) July 15, 2019
1. The U.S. president made an extremely racist attack on 4 congresswomen yesterday.
2. News outlets are afraid to use the word ‘racist’ to describe these vile racist attacks
3. Not one single Republican has condemned these racist statements
4. Concentration camps
— God (@thegoodgodabove) July 15, 2019
Columnist, The Intercept:
Dear fellow journalists: Don’t be distracted. Don’t be gaslit. Don’t get worn down. The president is a racist. His Republican Party is ok with, and enabling, and even encouraging, that racism. That’s *the* story. Don’t lose sight of it or be afraid to call it out. Don’t move on!
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) July 15, 2019
And for a whole list of all the House Republicans who condone their leader’s racist attacks on Democratic Congresswomen, click here https://t.co/a6sBO6fGZn
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) July 15, 2019
UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report
Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.
The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.
A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.
But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.
‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys
In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.
"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.
The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.
"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."
Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors
A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.
The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.
"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.
The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.