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Grijalva: Trump 'go back' tweets were 'insulting, demeaning & racist'

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U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva said Monday that statements by President Donald Trump this weekend were "insulting, demeaning and racist." "We have to call him out on it," said the Tucson Democrat in a video.

"The effort by President Trump to marginalize and make second-class citizens out of millions and millions and millions of Americans in this country, about going back to the that country you're from, it goes beyond insult," he said.

Grijalva posted a video on Youtube to react to Trump's statements over the weekend that four outspoken congresswomen of color — U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Rashilda Talib (MI), all freshman Democrats —should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested (sic) places from which they came."

Grijalva said Trump's tactics are a "threat to this democracy."

Trump, himself a second-generation immigrant, doubled down on his remarks when questioned by reporters, calling the members of Congress "people who hate our country."

Three of the four are natural born U.S. citizens, with some having family connections to the United States that are more long-running than the Republican president's. Rep. Omar, like all members of Congress, is a citizen. She came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia when she was a child.

"The racism is now prevalent. People are emboldened to do that," Grijalva said. "And this president leads on that issue. He leads over and over again."

"What he said about my colleagues is insulting and demeaning and racist, but what he says about the future should motivate every one of us," said the longtime Democratic congressman.

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"I am in my country. I have tried to serve this country in the best way I can. I believe very much that this country is a place where opportunity can be extended," Grijalva said. "This is a country that needs to get stronger. This is a country that needs to live up to its values, yes. But this is my country."

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Jul 16, 2019, 4:21 pm
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You are a Swamp Dweller, and we are ALL enduring your term in Office.  You should have been arrested when you led the commotion outside the first Trump Rally in Phoenix.  I believe you have something to do with The Samaritans grip over the Catholic Church in Ajo.  BUT, we can’t get stronger in Pima County, we can’t live up to our values, because this is YOUR country.  YOU are in no position to demean our President, even if the Copper News panders to you in photographs.

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