#RacistGOP Trends on Twitter as Republicans Stay Silent on Donald Trump's Racist Attack

With political voices from around the world rising to condemn President Donald Trump over his racist attack on four Congresswomen on Sunday, members of the Republican party are starting to face scrutiny over their own silence.

On Monday, the hashtag "#RacistGOP" began to trend as many Republicans chose to stay silent on the president's comments.

In a tweet on Sunday, Trump told progressive members of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley to "go back" to their "crime infested" countries of origin.

"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," the president had tweeted about the four Congresswomen, all of whom, aside from Omar, were born in the United States. "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!"

While Trump's 2020 campaign team sought to minimize the damage from the president's comments, noting that he had added that he wanted Congressmembers to "come back," Trump sought to double down on his offensive on Monday, saying the four representatives were "free to leave if they want. If they want to leave, that's fine. If they want to stay, that's fine."

By the end of the day, only a handful of Republicans had condemned the president's comments, with Ohio Congressman Mike Turner calling on the U.S. leader to apologize for what "were racist" tweets. "We must work as a country to rise above hate, not enable it," Turner said.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," Texas Representative Will Hurd said. "It's also behavior that's unbecoming of the leader of the free world. He should be talking about things that unite, not divide us."

Meanwhile, asked by CNN whether the president's tweets were racist, Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst said plainly: "Uh, yeah. They're American citizens," of the four Congresswomen targeted in the U.S. leader's attack.

Trump was quick to dismiss concerns of racism, however, even brushing off worries that his words would be embraced by white supremacists "because many people agree with me."

Among those who did not, however, were the many Twitter users who saw the "#RacistGOP" hashtag trend on Monday and Tuesday.

"It is a sad day in American politics when the hashtag #RacistGOP has been trending all day," said political commentator Sophia A. Nelson. "I hope @realDonaldTrump is worth it guys, because long after he is gone in 2021 or 2025, the party will be marred by this in the history books forever."

"What do you say, @GOP... are you going to come out of those nasty shadows and show the world you're NOT racists? Or are you going to remain silent and continue your #RacistGOP ways?" writer Jack Wallen asked.

"The silence from the @GOP about @realDonaldTrump's vile #racist tweets is entirely predictable," lamented former Democratic Congress candidate Dr. Dena Grayson. "This is today's @GOP, folks."

A #RacistPresident can't exist without a #RacistGOP. Shame on all of them," said musician Laurie Antonioli.

"FACT: A vote for the @GOP is a vote for racism," actor and writer Fedor Chin commented.

Meanwhile, others speculated on why so many Republicans have chosen to remain silent on the U.S. leader's comments, with one Twitter user writing: "The saddest thing about #RacistPresident's statement is that it fits perfectly with the #RacistGOP and is probably the most powerful tool they have to get voters out."

Some Twitter users also took aim at former presidential candidate and current Congressmember Mitt Romney over his decision to condemn Trump's comments without explicitly calling them racist.

"The president's comments were destructive, demeaning and disunifying," Romney said, appearing to skirt the word "racist" in favor of alliteration. "The president of the United States has a unique and noble calling to unite the American people–of all different races, colors and national origins. In that respect, the president failed badly."

"Add 'racist' and we're good," American University professor Dr. Omekongo Dibinga responded. "I am unclear as to why members of the @GOP are trying to Brit Hume [their] way through this."

"You're not showing leadership by not condemning the racist words of a #RacistPresident. Real question is why we have a #RacistGOP today," Dibinga said.

While Romney came under fire for his apparent reluctance to brand Trump's words "racist," other Republicans appeared to step forward in support of the U.S. leader's attack, with Senator Lindsey Graham telling Fox & Friends: "we all know that [Ocasio-Cortez] and this crowd are a bunch of communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own country."

"They're calling the guards along our border, the border patrol agents, 'concentration camp guards.' They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for the Benjamins. They're anti-Semitic. They're anti-America," Graham said.

"Their silence said everything. Their defense carves it in stone," one Twitter user, musician Ricky Davila, sought to summarize. #RacistGOP."

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President Donald Trump takes questions from reporters during his Made in America product showcase at the White House on July 15 in Washington, D.C. Trump has faced condemnation from around the world over his racist attack on four Congresswomen, while many Republicans have remained silent. Chip Somodevilla/Getty
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