#RacistInChief Trends After Trump Tells Lawmakers to 'Go Back' to Where They 'Came From': 'Send His Immigrant Wife and In-Laws Back'

After Donald Trump told four progressive Democrats to "go back" to where they came from in a tweet on Sunday, Twitter exploded with users rebuking the president as "racist," making the hashtags #RacistInChief and #TrumpIsARacist trend across America.

Trump, on Sunday morning, referenced an ongoing feud between 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 the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

"Then come back and show us how it is done," the president added. "These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough. I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi would be happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!"

Trump did not specify exactly which progressive congresswomen he was referring to. However, most agreed that his comments were directed at the four members of the so-called "Squad," consisting of first-term Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). Despite the president's apparent claim that these lawmakers were all foreign-born, only Omar — who came to the U.S. as a child after her family fled their home nation — was born outside America. Omar became a U.S. citizen at age 17.

Although Pelosi has publicly feuded with the four lawmakers in recent weeks over border spending, the Democratic leader was one of the first to stand by the freshman progressives following Trump's tweet. "When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to 'Make America Great Again' has always been about making America white again," the speaker wrote.

Other Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, Omar and Pressley, also quickly took to Twitter to call Trump's tweet "racist," as well as tens of thousands of social media users.

On Sunday afternoon, the hashtags #RacistInChief and #TrumpIsARacist began trending on Twitter.

"While the #RacistInChief is telling our four congressman [sic] to go back to their country; he need [sic] to send his immigrant wife and in-laws back to the country he brought them from," Holly Horton tweeted.

"#RacistInChief 1930s Germany called.. they want their leader back," Andrew Schrader tweeted, alongside an image of Adolf Hitler with Trump's hair photoshopped on.

"It's important that we hold Donald Trump accountable for his most recent racist attack on congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and others," Frederick Joseph tweeted. "While doing so, we also need to discuss how Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi are inherently helping Trump #RacistInChief #TrumpIsARacist"

"The unmistakable ugliness of #RacistInChief Trump urging brown-skinned congresswomen to 'go back' to their countries," Twitter user @mcspocky wrote.

"I get tweets from racists all the time, telling me to 'go back to my country' if I don't like it here," Twitter user @mmpadellan added. "But I was BORN HERE. And my parents were BORN HERE."

"Trump is a racist. If you support him you are a racist too. This has been true for decades not just after today's latest racism #RacistInChief," Twitter user @ClamDive wrote.

"I found these federal documents that prove Trump and his dad practiced housing discrimination for years," Scott Dworkin tweet, alongside a Huffington Post article. "They would separate white applications for housing from any person of color who applied. And when caught, did nothing to make it right. #RacistInChief."

"What if 50 million people reported @POTUS obviously racist tweet to @jack? I did. #RacistInChief #RacistTrump #racist #racistPOTUS #racistPOTUS," Twitter user @gusamongus999 wrote.

"How can someone who has a immigrant wife, who brought over her parents through chain migration tell someone to 'Go back' even though they were born here? #RacistInChief #TrumpIsARacist," Twitter user @Lo_sWayne tweeted.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta while talking to the media at the White House on July 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty
#RacistInChief Trends After Trump Tells Lawmakers to 'Go Back' to Where They 'Came From': 'Send His Immigrant Wife and In-Laws Back' | Politics
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