CNN anchor Jake Tapper came with receipts after Trump launched his latest Twitter attack against four freshman Dem. congresswomen, telling them to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” The tweet rant has, once again, sparked controversy.
The Twitter thread was aimed at Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar. Three of the four lawmakers were born here in the U.S.
Omar, who represents Minnesota, came to the U.S. from Somalia as a child. She soon became a citizen as a teenager in 2000, according to the Huffington Post.
“Longer than the first lady,” Tapper said.
Melania Trump got her citizenship six years after Omar and a year after marrying our current president.
In a CNN segment of Erin Burnett’s Outfront, award-winning journalist April Ryan notes that Trump’s tweets are likely part of a larger campaign strategy.
“This is an election season and he wants to bring back that core, that core group that believes these crazy things,” Ryan said, adding a quote from her colleague Andrew Gillum.
“‘Mr. President, I’m not saying you’re a racist, but the racists think you’re a racist.’”