This morning, Donald Trump tried to take advantage of the recent divisions within the House Democratic caucus. He seemed to think that by attacking the four freshman House Democrats who are reportedly on the outs with Nancy Pelosi, he could further deepen the divide. The trouble for Trump is that, as so often ends up being the case, he overplayed his hand.
Donald Trump declared on Twitter – without mentioning them by name – that Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley should “go back” to where they came from. He also suggested that Nancy Pelosi would be happy to pay for their travel out of the country. This was staggeringly racist and xenophobic. It was also astoundingly stupid, as three of the four people he went after were born in the United States.
If Trump thought this was going to deepen the divide for the Democrats, he thought wrong. Nancy Pelosi quickly came to the defense of the freshman Democrats: “When Donald Trump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power. I reject Donald Trump’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. Stop the raids -Families Belong Together!”
Donald Trump and his team just keep finding ways to overplay their hand while trying to sow division within the Democrats. When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had a contentious debate last month, Donald Trump Jr then posted such an absurdly racist tweet about Harris, it prompted Biden (and other Democratic candidates) to jump to Harris’ defense, thus changing the narrative.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report