I’ve signed an open letter expressing solidarity with US Democratic Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. In recent days, these women of colour have been the targets of racist attacks by President Donald Trump who has ratchetted up his far-right rhetoric.
Using the familiar language of the far right, the President specifically attacked these four congresswomen of colour who he told to “go back” from where “they came”. These disgusting comments demonstrate, yet again, that Trump is not fit to hold office.
Congresswoman Tlaib was right to call his most recent statements “simply a continuation of his racist, xenophobic playbook”. During his 2016 election campaign and since entering office, Trump has repeatedly demonised Muslims and migrants, while defending far right protesters.
Labour has been unequivocal in our condemnation of Trump’s racist remarks but Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have refused to denounce Trump’s comments as racist. It’s disappointing that both candidates for Prime Minister lack the moral courage to accurately describe and stand up to the President’s obvious bigotry.
Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez are all responding to Trump’s remarks with great strength and dignity. Solidarity to them and all those minority groups that are under attack from Trump and his administration.