Delaware officials react to Trump’s weekend tweets

DOVER — Citing President Trump’s controversial weekend tweets regarding four Democratic congresswomen, Delaware’s U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester — both Democrats — denounced what they described as ”divisive,” “racist” and “hateful” rhetoric.

“The President’s words were racist and hateful and have no place in our society,” Rep. Blunt Rochester said in a statement released Monday. “The fact that the President continues to traffic in hate speech should cause all of our elected leaders to denounce this harmful rhetoric.

“While I am disappointed by the lack of presidential decorum, it is sadly not shocking and takes our focus off of the pressing needs of the American people.”

Lisa Blunt Rochester

The Associated Press said Trump on Monday continued to emphatically defend his tweet urging the four legislators to go back to their “broken and crime infested” countries. Condemnation of his comments “doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” he wrote.

Trump cited congresswomen — a reference to the small group of women who have labeled themselves “the squad” that includes Reps. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the AP reported.

According to Sen. Carper in a statement: “It was Maya Angelou who once said, ‘When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.’ Donald Trump entered the political arena by questioning the citizenship of our country’s first African American president.
“When he announced his own candidacy for president, Donald Trump used the platform to demonize Mexican immigrants.
“He has questioned an American judge’s ability to do his job based solely on his heritage and emboldened white supremacists.

“His most recent comments about four congresswomen, who are serving their country and their constituents in the House of Representatives, are similarly unacceptable, irresponsible and meant to be divisive.

Sen. Tom Carper

“When it comes to President Trump, we’ve certainly seen this playbook before, and it is up to all of us to come together, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans and reject this hateful rhetoric.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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