CNN Guest Says Trump's 'Go Back' Tweet Not Racist to Some Because He Also Offered For the Congresswomen to 'Come Back'

A CNN conservative contributor on Sunday argued that President Donald Trump's tweet telling four progressive Democrats to "go back" to where they came from may not be viewed as racist by his supporters because he also said they could "come back."

Trump, earlier today, referenced an ongoing feud between four freshman progressive Democrats and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and urged the congresswomen involved "who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe" to "go back" and "help fix" those "totally broken and crime infested places."

"Then come back and show us how it is done," the president tweeted. "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!"

The president did not specify which representatives he was referring to, however, most agreed that his remarks were aimed at members of the so-called "Squad," consisting of first term progressive Democrats, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), who are all women of color. Despite the president's suggestion that they are all foreign-born, only Omar was born outside of America.

Commenting on the president's tweet on Sunday, conservative journalist Salena Zito weighed in on how Trump supporters would receive the comments, which CNN has labeled "straight-up racist."

"Here's the unfortunate thing. There are two unfortunate things... That we are so polarized right now that even if you are a Trump supporter and you don't like what he says, you may not even say anything at all, push back at all, or may not even see it as racist," Zito said during an appearance on the network.

"Because they will take that line where it says, 'you can go back and fix it' and then 'come back.' We're just so polarized...," she said.

"But it's 'go back to where you came from.' We're talking about three of the four women he's targeting, all sitting members of Congress, were born in the United States, and a fourth who was born abroad, but is very much American as a U.S. congresswoman," the CNN anchor interrupted.

"I just think that we are so polarized I don't know that this moves anything," Zito continued. "I'm not saying that's right or wrong. I'm just saying that's where we are today."

"And the really frustrating thing is the state of immigration on both sides. Washington can't even have an effective way of discussing it because you look at the protests, you look at the possible ICE deportations and no one is talking meaningfully about how we fix this," she concluded.

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A CNN contributor on Sunday argued that President Donald Trump's tweet telling four progressive congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from may not be seen as racist by his supporters because he also said they could "come back." CNN/Screenshot
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