“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!”
The tweet heard round the world (well, probably not, third-world countries don’t really give a darn about our political cesspool).
Here’s one of the first headlines that came up when I searched this tweet:
“Trump’s Tweets Prove That He Is a Raging Racist –
It is undeniably true that America’s president opposes diversity.”
And I’ve got to give credit where credit is due:
Opinion Columnist, July 14, 2019
Let’s ignore the blatantly false title and egregiously disrespectful subtitle. In this article, I discovered that, in the wake of this seemingly momentous tweet, House Speaker Pelosi is initiating a resolution (yes, an actual piece of legislation) to “condemn tweets by President Trump in which he said that a group of minority, liberal congresswomen should ‘go back’ to their home countries.”1
I know there has been so much spiraling out of control with this mess, so I would like to just go through the basics of the situation and analyze the tweet itself to help determine if it’s actually racist.
We don’t need to discuss the president, that could take an encyclopedia or two. Anyway, I’d rather this article focus on the tweet itself and the Congresswomen at whom it was assumedly directed. So, let’s move on to the four ladies- Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib.
Ocasio Cortez has made a fool of herself enough times and forced herself to be the center of attention enough times that I believe we have a pretty firm grasp of her character and that for which she stands. Let’s look at her background and upbringing.
Although Ocasio Cortez was born in the United States, her family is Puerto Rican, with her dad coming from a Puerto Rican family and her mom born in Puerto Rico. She has, on countless occasions, identified herself as a “person of color” and she stated of her Puerto Rican heritage: “We are black; we are indigenous; we are Spanish; we are European.”2 When you emphasize your ethnic “diversity” on pretty much a daily basis, it should not surprise you to have others reference your advertised heritage as well.
The immensely ironic part of this situation is that, while Ocasio Cortez eats, sleeps, and breathes racial and ethnic differences, constantly pointing them out and using them for her political agenda, she accused President Donald Trump of doing this very thing!
“This president would love nothing more than to divide our country based on race, religion, gender, orientation, ability, or immigration status. This is the only way he thinks he can prevent the solidarity of working people.”3 (Careful! Your Marxism is showing!)
Alexandria, President Trump does not have a fixation with race- you do.
President Trump wants nothing more than for every single citizen to unite under the American flag in unity and solidarity to the betterment of everyone. You and your fellow Leftwing henchwomen pull people apart, driving wedges between groups of people on the basis of race, gender, etc. You burden groups you find to be politically advantageous with false senses of victimization. Worst of all, you strip people of their unique, God-given individuality of person and replace it with tribalism only sustainable by oppressive government intervention.
On to the next of the four ladies- Rashida Tlaib. Once again, although Tlaib too was born in the United States, she was born to two Palestinian immigrants along with her 13 siblings. She, like Ocasio Cortez, makes a constant point of her racial and ethnic (and religious) diversity.
“I know that my ancestors were killed, died, uprooted from their land…. I can tell you when I was in Palestine with my mother and she had to get in a separate line. There are different colored license plates if you are Palestinian or Israeli.”4
And she, like Ocasio Cortez, hurls enormously unfounded insults at our President
“We are allowing a crooked CEO to run this country. He’s running his businesses out of the Oval Office…. When are we going to say it’s our responsibility and our duty to do right by the American people and push back on him violating our Constitution?”4
Rashida, make up your mind about whether the Constitution ought to be upheld as the foundation for the greatest nation on Earth or whether the Constitution is an outdated document written by slave-owners to preserve racism and sexism forever or whether the Constitution is a “living document” (translates to “it can mean whatever suits me in any given moment”). You disrespect the Constitution in your words and especially in your actions. Using the federal government to infringe upon individuals’ rights, throwing our border laws in the trash, and utterly ignoring the 1st, 2nd, and 10th Amendments as if they never existed. The Constitution gives rights and power to individuals and to the state governments and to citizens, not to federal bureaucrats, elitist politicians, fictitiously victimized minority groups, or illegal aliens (literally synonymous with “criminals”).
Now on to the third- Ayanna Pressley. Pressley was born in the United States, but unlike the other three women, she is not a first or second generation American. That does not stop her from consistently reminding everyone that she is a person of color. She also wants every other person of color to be as obsessed with their race as she is.
“So disproportionately, black and brown people, because you don’t even need a high school diploma to be a CBP officer, their only pathway to the middle class is to work for CBP. And they are now a part of this larger machine, a cog, in the oppression and incarceration of people who look just like them.”5 (These are people, not “cogs.” It is beyond dehumanizing to act as if these people do not have minds with which they make choices despite their circumstances.)
What is unbearably ironic is that Pressley also calls for the elimination of ICE.
“And people were angry at us, because we were taking away their neighbor’s jobs with our calls to abolish ICE and to not want to continue to feed a system that criminalizes people for doing something that is a legal and human right, and that is to seek asylum.”5
Ayanna, let’s get this straight- ICE is the enforcement agency which ensures that the existing laws are being obeyed; meanwhile, you are a legislator (one who makes laws), and instead of changing the laws, you want them to just go unenforced. That could not make less sense. Furthermore, our immigration system is beyond generous (I mean go look at the immigration laws of literally any other country). And we have clear distinctions between categories of migrants. Classifying all of the immigrants attempting to enter the United States currently as asylum-seekers is unbelievably misleading and false. We have a distinct process for those seeking to enter the nation under asylum. Ignoring this process hurts everyone involved and it also undermines the sovereignty of our nation.
The final of the four Congresswomen is Ilhan Omar. Omar is a Somalian refugee who arrived in the United States when she was 12 and became a citizen at 17. However, Omar gives somewhat contradictory accounts of her initial impressions upon entering the US. She claims: “I fell in love with democracy”6 Yet she also states that her entrance into the country exposed her “otherness.”7 However, she has made her position on the United States quite clear.
“I was black. I was Muslim. I also learned I was extremely poor and that the classless America that my father talked about didn’t exist…. I grew up in an extremely unjust society, and the only thing that made my family excited about coming to the United States was that the United States was supposed to be the country that guaranteed justice to all. So, I feel it necessary for me to speak about that promise that’s not kept.”8
“Why can’t you be more like an American? It used to be a very positive thing. We export American exceptionalism…. But we don’t live those values here. And, so, that hypocrisy is one that I am bothered by.”9
Ilhan, first of all, there is a difference between “land of opportunity” and a “classless society,” and anyone who has the notion that America is classless is mistaken. Secondly, this country is as close to perfection as any governing body has gotten in the entire course of human history. To me, it is a complete and utter disgrace to be offered a life in the inarguably greatest country on Earth and to accuse the nation that was so generous to her of hypocrisy on such a scale. Of course, our nation is not perfect. But to generalize an accusation of hypocrisy on such a broad scale is quite reprimandable, especially coming from someone who has so benefited from the virtues of the very nation she is seemingly condemning.
While I don’t know whether this tweet was politically the best move, what I do know is that is has been extraordinarily taken out of context and weaponized unjustly against President Trump. I am not defending his words or trying to deceitfully make them more palatable. I just want you all to understand the context of the situation through the lens of logic and reason.
Through this article, I hope I have provided some insight into these four women and how our president’s social media post relates to each one of them. I hope that you can avoid being sucked into the instant gratification of self-righteousness seen so often in the knee-jerk “Racist!” Being informed at a time like this carries immeasurable import.
9: https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cnsnewscom-staff/rep-ilhan-omar-america-i-am-ashamed-it-continuing-live-its-hypocrisy10: https://www.salon.com/2019/05/15/ilhan-omar-says-criticisms-of-her-and-rashida-tlaib-are-designed-to-silence-muslims/