This summer, President Trump inflamed tensions in Tweets attacking Democrat Jews, four Congresswomen of color, and the city of Baltimore. Critics worldwide have called Trump’s statements as bigoted, but the President has stood by his claims. After Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland’s 7th Congressional District criticized the conditions of the southern border, Trump called Cumming’s district “FAR WORSE and more dangerous” than the conditions at migrant centers and a “very dangerous & filthy place.” Cumming’s district, including part of Baltimore, is predominantly black. Critics believe Trump’s comments were racist and directed specifically towards the African-American population of the area. Four first-year Congresswomen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, received a lot of media attention this summer over conflict between them and the President. Trump tweeted that the women should “go back” to the countries they came from, calling those places “totally broken and crime infested.” Only Omar was born outside the U.S. and she gained citizenship in 2000. In response, the Congresswomen, called the “Squad,” decried Trump’s attacks as racist and “stoking white nationalism.” In response, Trump called the Squad “very Racist” and “not very smart.” Finally, Trump tweeted that Jewish Democrats were disloyal to Israel because some policies Democrats have presented have been critical of the Israeli government. Trump’s statement is based on centuries-old anti-Semitic rhetoric that Jews have “dual loyalty.” Most recently, that has been used to accuse Jews of being loyal to Israel instead of the country in which they live.
By Amira Pierotti