“Trump to congresswomen of colour: Leave the US” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48982172
US President Donald Trump has been accused of racism after posting tweets attacking Democratic congresswomen.
He claimed the women "originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe", before suggesting they "go back"*1.
The tweet was directed at a group of four congresswomen of colour; three were born and raised in the US while the fourth moved to the US as a child.
Republican Party representatives kept quiet amid a wave of criticism.
The congresswomen - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar, who came to the US as a refugee aged 12 - have all called the president racist, and have been backed by members of the Democratic Party.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx in New York, approximately 12 miles away from the Queens hospital where Mr Trump was born.
Mr Trump has been accused of racism many times in connection with different incidents.
For years, he made false claims that former President Barack Obama was not born in the US - propagating the racist "birther" conspiracy*4. He has also made numerous slurs against Central American migrants, calling them criminals and rapists. In 2018, he faced criticism from both Democrats and Republicans after reports said that during a meeting at the White House he called African nations "shitholes".
When white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulting in the death of 32-year-old counter protester Heather Heyer, the president said there were "good people on both sides".
Mr Trump and his father Fred Trump were sued by the Department of Justice in 1973 for discrimination against African Americans in their renting practices. They settled the case without admitting guilt in 1975 but were accused again by the justice department in 1978 of an "underlying pattern of discrimination" against black tenants.
In 2018, President Trump told a reporter: "I am not a racist. I'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed"*5.
Felicia Sonmez and Mike DeBonis “Trump tells four liberal congresswomen to ‘go back’ to their countries, prompting Pelosi to defend them” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-says-four-liberal-congresswomen-should-go-back-to-the-crime-infested-places-from-which-they-came/2019/07/14/b8bf140e-a638-11e9-a3a6-ab670962db05_story.html
*2:See also https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20131010/1381373150 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20160712/1468331280 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20170129/1485617874 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/2019/03/25/215839
*4:See “Donald Trump admits President Obama was born in US” https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-37389180/donald-trump-admits-president-obama-was-born-in-us
*5:See “President Trump: 'I am not a racist'” https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-42685806/president-trump-i-am-not-a-racist