On Monday, President Trump fired back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in response to her recent suggest that his popular “Make America Great Again” slogan actually meant “make America white again.”
Speaking during an event at the White House, Trump said “Speaker Pelosi said ‘make America white again,'” and noted, “that’s a very racist statement.”
Pelosi, in turn, had previously accused the president of racism due to his own comments directed at far-left Congressional Democrats.
From The Hill:
“Speaker Pelosi said ‘make America white again,’ that’s a very racist statement,” Trump told reporters at Monday’s White House event celebrating American manufacturing.
It was unclear if Trump, currently taking criticism for telling multiple congresswomen of color to “go back” to where they came from, understood the context in which Pelosi had made the comment.
It appeared that Trump may have misheard a reporter’s question and suggested Pelosi herself was saying she wanted to “make America white again,” though the Speaker meant the remark as an accusation of racism against the president.
Reporters pointed that out to Trump while he was condemning the statement, but he did not appear to react to what they said.
In Trump’s under-fire tweets, which were directed at freshmen Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), he suggested they “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”