Friday, July 19, 2019
What a week. Four U.S. Congresswomen, all women of color, held a news conference denouncing racist remarks that President Trump made over the weekend. They said he's promoting a white nationalist agenda. The president doubled down, at one point tweeting in all caps, quote, "if you are not happy here, you can leave!" NPR's Andrew Limbong the deep roots of such language in the United States.
The controversy over the President's words does not seem to be going away. Although President Trump later claimed not to agree with his supporters, the rally cry of "send her back" at a North Carolina campaign rally made the national news (here and here). With seeming inspiration from the President's comments, a video of a convenience store employee was seen on a video that went viral that some Mexican immigrants had to "go back to their country."