GOP advisers reportedly told Trump his racist attacks on Democratic congresswomen may have backfired (Business Insider link): Advisers and allies of President Donald Trump warned that his attack on four Democratic congresswomen of color on Sunday may have backfired, helping to unite a fractious Democratic Party and veering off his 2020 campaign message, Politico reported. "I'm disappointed he injected himself [in] Dem on Dem violence," a source described as "a Republican who speaks with Trump regularly" told the publication. "Anything the president does that distracts from the larger and broader issue is always a gift" for Democrats, the person added.
All four lawmakers are US citizens, and three were born in the US; Omar's family fled violence in Somalia when she was a child and sought asylum in the US. The four congresswomen were locked in a dispute last week with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but Trump's attack has united the Democratic Party behind them. Pelosi tweeted on Sunday that Trump had reaffirmed that "his plan to 'Make America Great Again' has always been about making America white again."
Closer to home, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also chimed in on Trump’s racism, saying, “That is not how we do things in Canada. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian, and the diversity of our country is actually one of our greatest strengths and a source of tremendous resilience and pride for Canadians. We will continue to defend that.”
More than two-thirds of those aware of the controversy, 68%, called Trump's tweets offensive. Among Republicans alone, however, 57% said they agreed with tweets that told the congresswomen to go back to their "original" countries, and a third "strongly" agreed with them. All four lawmakers are American citizens; three were born in the United States.
That said, the dispute could be costly for Trump among some key voters in his bid for a second term in next year's presidential election. Independents by more than 2-1 said his tweets were "un-American." Three-fourths of the women polled called them offensive.