Scott, a South Carolina Republican, said Trump’s comments were “unacceptable and racially offensive.”
An African American, Scott is only one of a few Republicans to criticize Trump for his comments. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina’s other Senator, called the women Communists and anti-Semitic.
Without naming names, Trump directed his uncontrolled venom at Democratic Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York ,ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Three of the Representatives were born in the United States, and Omar, who was born in Somalia and left there with her family as refugees, became a U.S. citizen when she was a teenager.
In response to Trump telling representatives to go back to where they came from, Ocasio-Cortez smiled and said she will go back to the Bronx. She represents New York’s 14th Congressional District. Her district includes parts of the Bronx and Queens.
The four have spoken out against Trump’s border policies and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s leadership.
Trump’s comments interrupted a battle between Ocasio-Cortez and U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus from Missouri. Clay charged that Ocasio-Cortez is employing the race card against Pelosi.
He charged Ocasio-Cortez’s office recruited Cori Bush, a Ferguson, Missouri, activist, to run against him. Bush lost the election to Clay, who represents Missouri’s 1st Congressional District. He has been in office since 2000.