Reps. Omar, Pressley, Tlaib Respond to Trump Telling Them to 'Go Back' to Where They Came From: This is 'Racism'

First-term progressive Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley each fired back at President Donald Trump on Sunday afternoon after he directed an unidentified group of progressive Democrats to "go back" to the "crime infested places" they came from.

Earlier today, Trump referenced an ongoing feud between freshman progressive Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi and urged the progressive 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."

Though the president did not name any specific representatives, most agreed that his remarks were likely aimed at members of the so-called "Squad," made up of Omar, Pressley, Tlaib and their fellow Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, all first-term progressive Democrats, and all women of color. While the president claimed that these lawmakers were all foreign-born, all but one was born in America.

Responding to Trump, Omar — who was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and came as a child to the U.S. after her family fled their home nation — tweeted: "Mr. President, As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States. Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen."

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"You are stoking white nationalism [because] you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda," she added, concluding with a quote from Robert Kennedy: "America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired."

Tlaib, born to working-class Palestinian immigrants in Detroit, opted to not quote Trump's tweet, but called the president a "complete failure."

"Want a response to a lawless & complete failure of a President?" she asked over Twitter. "He is the crisis. His dangerous ideology is the crisis. He needs to be impeached."

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Pressley, the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts, shared a screenshot of Trump's comments, and declared: "THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like. And we're not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday."

Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi were among the first Democrats to condemn Trump's tweet.

"Mr. President, the country I 'come from,' & the country we all swear to, is the United States," Ocasio-Cortez, who was born in New York, wrote. "But given how you've destroyed our border with inhumane camps, all at a benefit to you & the corps who profit off them, you are absolutely right about the corruption laid at your feet."

The 29-year-old self-described Democratic Socialist went on to reference her fellow "Squad" members.

"You are angry because you don't believe in an America where I represent New York 14," Ocasio-Cortez continued, "where the good people of Minnesota elected @IlhanMN, where @RashidaTlaib fights for Michigan families, where @AyannaPressley champions little girls in Boston."

"You are angry because you can't conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder," she added. "You won't accept a nation that sees healthcare as a right or education as a #1 priority, especially where we're the ones fighting for it," she tweeted. "Yet here we are."

Despite her recent war of words with the "Squad," sparked by a disagreement over border funding, Pelosi staunchly stood 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.

Trump appeared to be trying to ramp up the tensions between the "Squad" and Pelosi in his tweet encouraging them to leave the country. "I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!" he wrote.

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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) (R) speak to members of the media after a news conference January 24, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Omar, Pressley, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) fired back at President Trump on Sunday for telling unidentified progressive congresswomen to go "go back" to where they came from. Alex Wong/Getty
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