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.
Donald Trump @realDonaldTrump is a #RacistPresident https://t.co/OZ4s9jxgNZ— The Tweetwit (@The Tweetwit)1563195944.0
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 ju… https://t.co/ol36HAjffV— Chip Roy (@Chip Roy)1563161068.0
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… https://t.co/ywMzgy63zY— Michelangelo Signorile (@Michelangelo Signorile)1563199944.0
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 o… https://t.co/FkneJP20Jb— Philip Rucker (@Philip Rucker)1563140103.0
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 (@Leah Greenberg)1563191132.0
Where is Republican leadership denouncing Trump’s racist garbage? @GOPLeader @senatemajldr @VP Also, where are Republican lawmakers??? 🦗🦗🦗— S.E. Cupp (@S.E. Cupp)1563168019.0
TO RECAP: 1. The U.S. president made an extremely racist attack on 4 congresswomen yesterday. 2. News outlets are… https://t.co/yWU3nvqJtg— God (@God)1563190779.0
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… https://t.co/XjLUA4D2iv— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan)1563199615.0
@secupp And for a whole list of all the House Republicans who condone their leader’s racist attacks on Democratic C… https://t.co/EDgm33MeyH— Jennifer Taub (@Jennifer Taub)1563197669.0