The ‘Go Back’ Tweet
It's tough to keep track of all the POTUS norms—let alone civic and civil norms—that Donald Trump is upending. Hope someone not me has a spreadsheet on all of it.
Sunday we got another egregious example. He tweeted about four women in Congress: “Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Three were born in the U.S.; the fourth was born in Somalia but raised here. All are women of color.
Here's a good, quick response from Charles Pierce of Esquire that nails it:
The president* of the United States is the kind of racist you find in a neighborhood saloon in which everybody moves to the other end of the bar.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) July 14, 2019
Then the lies about the tweet—of the “You didn't read what you just read” variety—began:
Anyone who says the president told members of Congress to go back to where they came from is lying.— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) July 14, 2019
He told them to “Then come back and show us how it is done.” pic.twitter.com/7pmb0DNz1c
The legit media have been their usual tepid selves, saying the tweet was “denounced as” racist rather than was racist—as if reality were a partisan issue. Longtime Fox idiot Brit Hume chimed in, saying while the tweet was xenophobic, et al., it wasn't racist, but he was quickly schooled by U.S. Rep Ted Lieu:
Dear @brithume: When people tell me to “go back” to China or Japan, that is racist because they are treating me differently based on race. Like you Brit Hume, my home is America. I don't have a different home because my skin color happens to be different from your skin color. https://t.co/8D0DAfipLm— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 15, 2019
And so it goes. Ad naseum. Hope someone's keeping track of it all.