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Merkel, Trudeau condemn Trump's racist attacks on members of Congress

Donald Trump’s racist tirades against four elected Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives and his ongoing nativist appeals to his base of supporters are not meeting resistance from members of the Republican Party. People who are not Republicans, however, are condemning the vile rhetoric spewing from the Oval Office and at Trump campaign rallies.

In addition to Democrats, including those running to replace Trump in 2020, condemnation of Trump’s racist spewing has come from leaders of countries that are nominally still U.S. allies, despite all the administration continues to do to encourage them to give up on us.

Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, was asked about Trump’s attacks on Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, whom he suggested should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Merkel did not hesitate in her answer. “Yes. Yes. I distance myself from this decidedly and feel solidarity with the women who were attacked,” she said at a press conference in Berlin, according to her translated remarks. She also said, “People of very different nationalities have contributed to the strength of the American people, so these are … comments that very much run counter to this firm impression that I have. This is something that contradicts the strength of America.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed the unacceptability of the comments, saying, “I think the comments made were hurtful, wrong and completely unacceptable. I want everyone in Canada to know these comments are completely unacceptable and should not be allowed or encouraged in Canada.”


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