Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib partly blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the death threats directed at a group of minority congresswomen.
“The fact of the knowledge is, and I’ve done racial justice work in our country for a long time, acknowledge the fact that we are women of color, so when you do single us out, be aware of that, and what you’re doing. Especially because some of us are getting death threats. Because some of us are being singled out in many ways because of our backgrounds, because of our experiences and so forth,” the Michigan lawmaker said in an interview that aired Wednesday on CBS This Morning.
Pelosi said earlier this month the group of congresswomen, known as “the squad,” had little influence in the House after they voted against a border funding bill.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Pelosi’s comments “singling out newly elected women of color” were “outright disrespectful.”
President Trump then weighed in on the clash, telling the group, which also includes Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, to “go back” to the countries they came from. Only Omar was born outside of the U.S.