Mass. politicians condemn Trump’s comments, ‘send her back’ chants at campaign rally

“This president is desperate.”

President Donald Trump at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday.

Three Massachusetts politicians are blasting comments made by President Donald Trump at a campaign rally Wednesday night that continued his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color. 

In Greenville, North Carolina, the president told a crowd of his supporters that the self-described “squad” of freshman Democrats — Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — “never have anything good to say.”

“I think in some cases they hate our country,” he said. 

When Trump criticized Omar, the crowd chanted “send her back.” 

Omar, who was born in Somalia, came to the United States as a child and is an American citizen.


The Minnesota congresswoman responded to the president and his supporters with a quote from poet Maya Angelou and a photo of herself inside the House chambers.

“I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal!” she wrote.

In response to the president’s rally, Bay State Rep. Seth Mouton called the chants about Omar “horrific, racist garbage.”

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren issued a call to action for more to be done to call out the president’s “racism, xenophobia, and misogyny.”

“The president is desperate,” she wrote on Twitter. 

Rep. Joe Kennedy referenced history, suggesting that it would not be “kind” to the 45th president or those who endorse his “racist authoritarianism.”

“History wasn’t kind to slave owners, segregationists or those who turned back the St. Louis,” the congressmen wrote. “She won’t be kind to him either.”

On Sunday, Trump sent out a series of tweets attacking the four women of color, saying they should “go back” to the “crime infested” countries “from which they came.” All four of the congresswomen are American citizens.

The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to rebuke Trump’s “racist comments” on the four congresswomen.