At a press availability that was intended to talk about manufacturing at the White House, Trump had to address his weekend tweets that were a blatantly racist attack on a quartet of progressive Democratic women in Congress. In this rare instance, he actually had prepared what he wanted to say — that the “hate this country…with a passion.”
You know who else is constantly complaining about the country? Trump and his followers. They complain constantly about alleged attacks on free speech (theirs only, of course; Trump doesn’t really believe in this concept for anyone else, as he’s made clear repeatedly), about “identity politics” (whatever that is), about “political correctness” (whatever that is), about too many immigrants (brown ones only, of course), about LGBT rights, about “safe spaces,” about the utterly non-existent persecution of Christians, and a thousand other things. But somehow that doesn’t mean they hate this country, only their political enemies do.
Trump expressed no regrets at a White House event to celebrate American-made products when asked by reporters if he were concerned by widespread criticism that his tweets about the lawmakers were racist.
“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump said. “And all I’m saying — they want to leave, they can leave.”
Trump’s tweets targeted a group of liberal freshmen who have been feuding with Pelosi, including Reps. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.). All are U.S. citizens, and only Omar was born outside the United States.
Trump said at the White House event that all four have been “complaining constantly” about the United States.
“These are people that hate our country,” Trump said. “They hate our country. They hate it, I think, with a passion.”
I am so tired with this “you hate America” response to all calls for progressive reform. That same claim was made about those who supported separation of church and state, those who fought to end slavery, those who fought for women’s suffrage, those who fought against Jim Crow laws and segregation, those like Martin Luther King who fought for anti-discrimination legislation, those who marched to end the Vietnam war, those who fought and are fighting for LGBT equality, those who demanded health care for everyone, and pretty much everyone else who wants progressive reform. Those people were not, and are not, anti-American and not only do they not hate America, they represent the nation’s highest ideals of fighting for justice and equality. They are pro-American, not anti-American. David Cross summed this up perfectly: