White identity is driving the GOP — but where?
President Trump has continued to attack four minority congresswomen, after tweeting this weekend that they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Wednesday night, the president stood by as a crowd of supporters in Greenville, N.C., echoed his racist language in a chant: “Send her back.” All four of the freshman Democrats Trump targeted — Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley — are American citizens, and all but Omar were born in the United States.
The president has refused to apologize, even as the House of Representatives passed a measure condemning his remarks. Politics reporter Michael Scherer says it’s part of the identity politics the president hopes will get him reelected.
- White identity politics drives Trump, and the Republican Party under him
- At rally, crowd responds to Trump’s criticism of Somali-born congresswoman Ilhan Omar with chants of ‘Send her back!’
- A divided House votes for resolution condemning Trump’s racist remarks
How the historically racist trope, ‘go back,’ is far from past
The “go back” refrain has been hurled at nonwhite and white Americans for generations. It’s a well-worn phrase in xenophobic speech and one that has engendered racist policies throughout American history.
And politics writer Eugene Scott says it’s not going anywhere.
- Politicians have been sending black Americans ‘go back’ messages for generations
- How to understand the complicated history of ‘go back to Africa’
- GOP leaders speak to reporters after ‘send her back’ chant at Trump rally sparks outcry
‘You are not an American’
This week, The Post asked people to call in and share the times when they’ve felt like outsiders in their own country. More than 80 people responded with their stories.
One caller, who asked that The Post not use his name, said he was fearful of harassment after hearing about the president’s campaign rally in Greenville. “After seeing those people chanting,” he wrote, “I just am fearful. I’m just afraid. These things are emotional and just the memory is traumatizing.”
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