Telling you about Trump’s racism isn’t news. After all, his birther conspiracies about President Obama go back many years before his own presidency. But something happened this week that isn’t your run-of-the-mill bigotry; it’s a dark and despicable escalation that calls for alarm. Trump called on four black and brown women in Congress (the squad), three of them American born, to “go back” to “the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Trump doubled down with a follow up speech which included a lie so dangerous that it really amounts to incitement to violence: He falsely accused Ilhan Omar of praising Al-Qaeda. These are not dog whistles anymore, these are sirens of an impending danger to everything our country is supposed to stand for. Think about this: it’s 2019, and a racist mob surrounding the President chants “send her back” in reference to a member of Congress on account of her national origin. We’re at a moment in the 21st century when Congress votes to condemn the President’s racism, and only four Republicans join in that condemnation. This is a moment that requires us to put country before party, and the Republican Party’s leadership is failing us in this moment, tolerating racism for politics, and it’s shameful.

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