As Democrats prepare for their second round of debates, President Donald Trump touted the rise of manufacturing in the United States while deflecting allegations of racism.
Trump tweeted “Progressive” Democratic congresswomen should return to their ancestral lands.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
In a press conference from Washington, D.C. on Monday, Trump said the tweet had nothing to do with racism and more with getting rid of complainers.
“If you don’t like it here, you can leave,” Trump said.
In his tweet, the president indicated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be “very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements.” No congresswoman was mentioned by name. In response, Speaker Pelosi tweeted she rejected Trump’s “xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation.”
Meanwhile Democrats ride into Detroit for their next round of debates, July 30-31. Recent polling by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal have four Democrats — former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris — all besting Trump.
Trump dismissed the polls as “fake” and dinged Biden during Monday’s remarks on manufacturing. Trump said America had suffered “chronic trade abuse” in past deals with China and “Sleepy Joe” did nothing to stop it.
“They ate our lunch,” Trump said of the Chinese.
Elsewhere, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg came in fifth in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll with 7 percent support among the Democratic field. Last week, Buttigieg, a gay man, was savagely criticized by another gay man, writer Dale Peck.
In a piece published by The New Republic, Peck refers to Buttigieg as “Mary Pete” and speculates as to the mayor’s sexual tastes while conjuring up a twisted scene at a Chicago bus station. The New Republic pulled the piece after only a few hours online and its editor in chief apologized to Buttigieg.
“We have high standards at The New Republic, but sometimes we fall short,” said Win McCormack, TNR Publisher. “Yesterday, we made a mistake, but we remain committed to honoring the tradition of high standards and journalistic integrity that have been the hallmark of The New Republic for more than 100 years.”
Buttigieg is scheduled to appear in Portland, Oregon on July 23 for a big ticket fundraiser. He is following in the footsteps of fellow party hopefuls Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang who visited the Democratic city stronghold in recent weeks. One of Inslee’s proposals, if elected, is to nominate women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe, a lesbian, as secretary of state.
Rapinoe, co-captain of the World Cup champions, has called for more love and listening and less hate and talking.
Groupings for the Detroit debates, hosted by CNN, have yet to be announced. Round three of the Democratic National Committee debates is set for Sept. 12-13 in Houston.