After weeks of Trumped-up threats of massive raids, arrests, and deportations, Sunday morning saw more fizzle and fright. Real people suffer when they feel afraid to go to church, afraid to let their children go to school, afraid to go to work, afraid to participate in the lives of their communities. That suffering has been intensified over the past weeks of tweeted threats and warnings. Despite the latest official word that “raids” would begin on Sunday, that did not happen, according to reports from Chicago, Miami, and other target cities. While ICE agents knocked on some doors in Brooklyn and Harlem on Saturday, it’s not clear that this was anything other than normal ICE operations, and, in any event, the agents were turned away by residents because they did not have warrants.
Instead of saying anything new about raids, Trump turned to Twitter to attack four Democratic Congresswomen who have been outspoken in opposition to his racist and punitive immigration policies.
“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. 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!”
Trump’s targets: Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley (MA), Rashida Tlaib (MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Ilhan Omar (MN).
“Pressley was born in Cincinnati, Tlaib was born in Detroit and Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York — about 20 miles from where Trump was born. Omar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia; her family fled the country amid civil war when she was a child, and she became a U.S. citizen as a teenager.”
While the four have been at odds with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leadership committed to legislative dealmaking and negotiation with Republicans, Trump’s racist tweets unified support behind them. Pelosi tweeted:
“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. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.”
The Congresswomen also responded.
“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.
“You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.
“’America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.’ -RFK”
@realDonaldTrump, I am fighting corruption in OUR country. I do it every day when I hold your admin accountable as a U.S. Congresswoman. Detroit taught me how to fight for the communities you continue to degrade & attack. Keep talking, you’ll be out of the WH soon. #TickTock“
Ayanna Pressley posted a screenshot of Trump’s tweets and wrote:
“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.”
“Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ & the country we all swear to, is the United States.
“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.”
“You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.
“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.”