With a tweet widely denounced as racist, President Trump has apparently managed to do what Nancy Pelosi was struggling to accomplish—unite the squabbling Democratic caucus. Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers were among those slamming Trump for his remark that four progressive Democratic congresswomen should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." Trump was also heavily criticized by Democratic 2020 contenders over the remark, and several right-wing commentators. Trump's many critics note that the four congresswomen he is believed to have been talking about, Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar, are all US citizens and all but Omar were born in the US. More:
- Silence from the GOP. Leading Republicans failed to denounce the president's insinuation that "people of color are foreigners," notes Isaac Stanley-Becker at the Washington Post. "The silence of Republican leaders appeared to suggest either that they agreed with the views expressed by their standard-bearer or that he has so effectively consolidated his control over their party that they have grown disinclined to voice dissent," he writes.