We condemn President Trump’s racist comments directed at Congressmembers Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib.
He told these four American women of color to go back to their own country because they disagreed with him. Three of these women have lived in the United State their entire lives. All were elected by the majority of the popular vote in their respective Congressional Districts – something President Trump was not able to do.
In any workplace, those comments would be harassment constituting employment discrimination that violates federal law. This conduct has no place whatsoever in America. It must be condemned when it appears and especially when it comes from our nation’s highest office.
We also condemn members of Congress who chose to not comment on the president’s hate speech. Silence is a choice, and it is the wrong choice.
In 1963, Martin Luther King wrote: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of men willing to be coworkers with God.”
Then, On Tuesday, there was a vote in the House of Representatives to pass a resolution condemning Trump’s comments. All 235 Democrats voted for it as well as 1 Independent. However, out of 192 Republicans, only 4 voted to condemn the racist and xenophobic hate.
Collin County Congressional Representatives Van Taylor (CD-3, R) and John Ratcliffe (CD-4, R) did not vote for the resolution. Collin County Congressional Representative Colin Allred (CD-32, D) did vote for the resolution.
Representatives Taylor and Ratcliffe failed to stand up for all the people of Collin County. For that we condemn them. We ask you to do the same. Call their offices and tell them the President was wrong.
You can reach Rep. Taylor’s office in Plano 972-202-4150. You can reach Rep. Ratcliffe’s office in Rockwall at 972-771-0100.
By Collin County Democratic Party Editorial Board