"This is about the unity and future of our country"

Posted on July 18, 2019 in Press Releases


CONTACT: Tess Waggoner | twaggoner@aaiusa.org |(202) 429-9210 

July 18, 2019


Washington, D.C.- On Thursday, July 18, 2019, AAI issued the following statement: 

Behind the seal of the President of the United States, Donald Trump incited a gathering of his followers into chants of “send her back” about a sitting member of Congress. The scene targeting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at last night’s event in North Carolina should send chills down the spines of every American of conscience.

This is not about the President of the United States anymore. His racism predates even his birther conspiracies about the country’s first black President, and continues on to this day. It is who he ran as and how he has governed—making it irrational to appeal to his conscience in attempt to correct his behavior or end his discriminatory policies. This is about the unity and future of our country, and whether we can rise collectively to protect our most fundamental values. The silence of the Republican leadership in Congress in the face of the President’s racism is deafening. Their failure to put country before party at this critical moment is harming our nation now and will have enduring consequences for years to come.