(Algemeiner) President Donald Trump doubled down on his attacks against four minority U.S. congresswomen on Monday, and dismissed concerns that his comments were racist, which promoted Democrats to condemn him in the House of Representatives.
Speaking at the White House, Trump said people he described as critical of the United States should leave the country.
Those remarks followed his Twitter messages on Sunday that said the four left-wing lawmakers, known in Congress as “the squad,” should go back to “the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”
All four of the first-term House members are U.S. citizens and all but one were born in the United States.
“If you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, very simply: You can leave,” he said, drawing scattered applause from a crowd of businesspeople.
Asked if he was concerned that some viewed his remarks as racist and that white supremacists found common cause with him, Trump said he was not. “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump said.
The president’s remarks were widely derided, and some, though not many, of his fellow Republicans spoke out against them.