Donald Trump launched a remarkable attack on Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar– both colored women– saying he “don’t even understand where they came from.”
Nancy Pelosi, a white California 79-year-old liberal, informed colleagues this week that she was frustrated with individuals using social media to criticize other party members. The remarks were interpreted as being directed by Ms Ocasio-Cortez, Ms Omar, Ms Tlaib, and Ms Pressley, all of whom have great progressive and outspoken social media follow-ups.
“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK,”
Ms Pelosi said. Ms Ocasio-Cortez later told reporters it had got to the point where “it was just outright disrespectful – the explicit singling out of newly elected women of colour”.
“I think Cortez is being very disrespectful to somebody who’s been there a long time,” said President Trump.
“I deal with Nancy Pelosi a lot and we go back and forth and it’s fine, but I think that a group of people is being very disrespectful to her. And you know what, I don’t think that Nancy can let that go on.”