Celebrities including Olivia Wilde, Morgan Freeman and Chris Evans also criticized the president's Twitter attacks
President Donald Trump has received extreme backlash to his controversial tweets over the weekend against progressive Democratic congresswomen, which were quickly denounced as racist by many across the political spectrum.
On Sunday morning, Trump, 73, ripped into the four lawmakers of color — New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — and told them to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
In response, politicians both from the U.S. and abroad quickly condemned the president for his comments.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, whom Trump mentioned in his tweets, was un-amused at having been brought into the firestorm and defended the women on Twitter.
“When @realDonaldTrump 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,” she wrote, before calling his comments “xenophobic.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also slammed Trump for his comments in a joint NATO press conference on Monday.
“I think Canadians and indeed people around the world know exactly what I think about those particular comments,” Trudeau, 47, said.
“That is not how we do things in Canada. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,” he added.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, on Monday also criticized Trump’s Twitter firestorm.
“The president’s comments were destructive, demeaning, and disunifying,” Romney, 72, wrote. “The President of the United States has a unique and noble calling to unite the American people – of all different races, colors, and national origins. In that respect, the president failed badly.”
“People can disagree over politics and policy, but telling American citizens to go back to where they came from is over the line,” Romney added.
During The View on Monday, conservative Meghan McCain criticized Trump and doubled down against fellow Republicans, calling them out for their apparent lack of criticism.
“Somebody else has to come out against this,” McCain, 34, added. “I’m serious. It is very petrifying that there is not one sitting member of Congress that will come out against this on my side.”
In a Tuesday interview with CNN, Harris, 54, said Trump had “defiled” his office.
“He needs to go back where he came from and leave that office and so that’s why I’m running with the intention of making sure there will not be four more years,” she said.
On Monday, the Democratic congresswomen appeared together at a joint press conference to respond to Trump’s attacks.
“This is simply a disruption and a distraction from the callous, chaotic and corrupt culture of this administration,” said Pressley, 45.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, said, “We don’t leave the things that we love, and when we love this country, what that means is that we propose the solutions to fix it.”
Despite the overwhelming backlash, Trump has defended his comments, claiming, “I don’t have a racist bone in my body” before continuing to attack the women for their “filthy language, statements and lies.”
He also told reporters the backlash “doesn’t concern me, because many people agree with me. All I’m saying is if they want to leave, they can leave now.”