Culture, Donald Trump, Politics, Racism, Twitter

Donald Trump hit a new low with racist tweets and everyone noticed

It’s Sunday, June 14, and Donald Trump is saying racist stuff on Twitter.

While that’s been true of many other days during Trump’s presidency, the Sunday tweets were particularly vicious (and incorrect in their fundamental assertion). They’re so bad, in fact, that the people of Twitter quickly took the mean-spirited and bombastic U.S. president to task for his words.

It all stems from ongoing disagreement within the Democratic party between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and four Congresswomen — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley — known as “the Squad.” The four women are young and progressive people of color whose efforts pull the party to the left while Pelosi has toe more of a moderate, center-left line.

That’s all you need to know for the purpose of Trump’s tweets. His campaign team has recognized the value of stoking divisions in the opposing party, and Pelosi — who works with Trump directly — is the obvious one for him to defend, given their working relationship and his own history.

That’s what led him to say… this.

Let’s be clear: the progressives Trump appears to be targeting are all American citizens. Omar is the only one born outside the United States, and she’s been here since she was 10, living in Minnesota for most of that time. Pressley is from Ohio, Tlaib is from Michigan, and Ocasio-Cortez is from New York. 

All four would probably argue that they ran for office in the first place so they could work to improve the lives of people where each of them are from. Political office is a public service, after all.

Trump’s reputation for creating a ruckus with his tweets is hardly news, but this particular tirade is more deeply offensive than his usual fare. While Twitter, the company, hasn’t yet acted to flag his tweets as a ToS violation that’s still of public interest — in accordance with a recent policy change — that didn’t stop the people of Twitter (including some of those who were ostensibly targeted) from shouting him down.

This is just a small sampling of the nearly blanket condemnation Trump is facing on Sunday morning from everyone other than members of his own Republican party. This particular episode may at least come to haunt him in the long run, if it can teach feuding Democrats the importance of working out their differences in private while keeping a united front against Trump publicly.

We’ll update this story if/when we hear back from Twitter on the subject of flagging Trump’s offending tweets.

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