Donald Trump defended a racist tweet about four non-white US Congresswomen, saying the anger it prompted ‘doesn’t concern me, because many people agree with me.’
Speaking outside the White House Monday, the President of the United States shrugged off a reporter’s question about whether white nationalists would find ‘common cause’ with what he said.
Trump added: ‘All I’m saying, they wanna leave? They can leave now.
‘It doesn’t say leave forever, it says leave, if you want.’
‘What that says is if they’re not happy with the United States, if they’re doing nothing but criticizing us all the time.
You see these people walking down criticizing the United States. We just hit the highest stock market in history…’
Trump then continued to hail his own economic successes as president.
He added: ‘If these people that I watch in those debates ever got their hands on the US government…Everything else we walk about that we’re so proud of, it’s down the tubes.
‘You’ll have a crash like you’ve never seen before, and, I’m really good at this stuff, I know what I’m talking about.’
The tweets which sparked the latest storm were posted Sunday, and appeared to target Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York representative whose parents are of Puerto Rican origin.
It is also believed to have been aimed at Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, a Somalian Refugee, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, whose parents are Palestinian, and Ayanna Presley, an African-American Massachusetts representative.
He wrote: ‘So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.
‘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 later stepped up his attack on the women, which included branding Omar a ‘Jew hater’.
He also condemned Ocasio-Cortez for helping scupper Amazon’s plans to set up its second headquarters in her native New York City, which cost the area 10,000 jobs.
His original tweets and subsequent defense of them have prompted widespread condemnation.