MomsRising members from across the country are telling us that they are scared. Members who are women of color and immigrants, and those based in North Carolina, in particular, found the chants of ‘send her back’ at President Trump’s campaign rally in Greenville last night to be terrifying. Moms fear for their children and their families; some tell us they are afraid to send their children to Eastern Carolina University this fall.
Last weekend brought one of the most revolting, racist attacks of Trump’s entire presidency: His tweet, directed to Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib -- all congresswomen of color -- in which he urged them to ‘go back’ to the ‘places from which they came.’ Three of them were born in the United States and all four are U.S. citizens. Last night, when the President amplified that sentiment, his supporters began the deeply offensive chant.
It is impossible to take seriously the claim President Trump made today, that he ‘disagrees’ with the chant. In fact, it seems to be a bold-faced lie. He has spent his presidency deliberately pitting people against each other, stirring up hate, and fighting for policies that terrorize and devastate communities of color, immigrants, asylum-seekers and those who disagree with him. Trump’s tactics, rhetoric and policies are surfacing the very worst in our country, emboldening bigotry, fear and cruelty. They are dangerous and have no place on any college campuses or anywhere in our country.
In North Carolina and across the country, MomsRising stands with every person of color and every immigrant who is afraid, hurt and angry. We will not be silent. We will continue to stand against all words and actions that divide and harm families in this country. We will continue to fight with every targeted community.