A BRITISH presenter of Indian and Mauritian heritage has hit out at the US president for his tweets where he told four non-white politicians to “go back” to their supposed home countries.
BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty said such comments were “embedded in racism.”
Although she did not call Donald Trump a racist, Munchetty said she was furious over Trump’s language.
“Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism,” she said on the BBC yesterday (17).
“Now, I’m not accusing anyone of anything here, but you know what certain phrases mean.
“I can imagine that lots of people in this country will be feeling absolutely furious that a man in that position feels it’s OK to skirt the lines in using language like that.
“It’s not enough to do it just to get attention. He’s in a responsible position.”
The latest scandal erupted on Sunday (14) after Trump took shots at four Democratic congresswomen, telling them to “go back” to their home countries.
In a series of tweets, Trump wrote: “So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Although Trump did not name the four women, he was taking aim at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Illhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, all vocal critics of the president.
Trump’s tweets sparked outrage, but he has refused to back down.
In renewed attacks on the women, Trump accused them of hating Americana and said they were “spewing some of the most vile, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician.”