President Donald Trump’s recent tweets apparently targeting four freshman House Democrats sparked yet another abrupt strand of breaking news. This time, it’s regarding race, patriotism, and four of Trump’s young colleagues on a mission to change the establishment.
At 5:27 a.m. Sunday morning, Trump tweeted, “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 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 …”
Although Trump didn’t name the women, he has since indicated that he is referring to Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. All but one of these representatives were born in the United States (Omar was a refugee from Somalia who moved with her family to the U.S. in 1992). The freshman representatives joined together in a press conference calling Trump’s words racist, unsurprising, and a distraction from policy proposals that they intend to continue to work toward.
Democrats at large and a few Republicans rebuked the president’s words as racist and xenophobic, although other members of the GOP supported Trump’s message, including California’s 4th Congressional District representative Tom McClintock. He defended Trump in a recent speech that has been circulating around Truckee/Tahoe’s Facebook pages.
“I wish the President were more temperate in the words he sometimes uses, and I agree that the tone of his recent remarks was unnecessarily provocative,” McClintock said. “But his central point is irrefutable: There is no requirement for those who hate our country to remain here, when there are so many other countries with different principles and values to choose from, that have, in turn, produced very different results.”
Critics of McClintock’s perspective on Trump’s words have insisted on labeling the tweets as racist and condemned them as unamerican. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, for example, addressed her colleagues and the American public about it, saying, “Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets. To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people.”
McClintock made clear in his statement that he disagrees. “We have seen a growing hostility to our American founders, our American founding principles, and our proud American heritage,” he said.
McClintock concluded with this: “The President spoke not of race, but of patriotism. American patriotism. To call that racist fundamentally misunderstands and misrepresents the question before our country today.”
California District 4 community member Dawn Wolfson of Cameron Park commented on McClintock’s speech in a Facebook post to the group CD4 Indivisible Network, “Patriotism is not blind loyalty to and compliance with government wrongdoing. Patriotism is speaking up when it happens, and fighting against it.” Read McClintock’s full remarks here.