Former President Obama tweeted Saturday that he is “proud of” how former staffers of his administration are “continuing to fight for an America that’s better” after they penned an op-ed blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' 'Maximum Pressure' on Iran has failed — here's what should come next France urges Trump to 'not mix' digital taxes with tariffs on wine MORE for his “poisoning of our democracy.”
“But more than what we did, I’m proud of how they’re continuing to fight for an America that’s better,” he continued.
The op-ed, titled “We are African Americans, we are patriots, and we refuse to sit idly by,” was penned by 149 African American alumni of the Obama administration in support of congresswomen of color who were recently attacked by the president and told to “go back” to their home countries.
“We stand with congresswomen Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar148 black Obama administration staffers pen op-ed in support of 'the Squad' The truth about the BDS movement Trump is on the path to reelection MORE, Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump is on the path to reelection Bronx golf course operated by Trump Org in the red by over 0,000 last year: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Farm Credit — Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez meet to heal Democratic rift MORE, Ayanna PressleyAyanna Pressley148 black Obama administration staffers pen op-ed in support of 'the Squad' Pelosi downplays divisions with Ocasio-Cortez after meeting Fox's Napolitano: Trump's 'go back' tweet 'a rejection of the nation as a melting pot' MORE and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi Tlaib148 black Obama administration staffers pen op-ed in support of 'the Squad' The truth about the BDS movement Trump is on the path to reelection MORE, as well as all those currently under attack by President Trump, along with his supporters and his enablers, who feel deputized to decide who belongs here — and who does not,” they wrote in the op-ed.
“We refuse to sit idly by as racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia are wielded by the president and any elected official complicit in the poisoning of our democracy,” they added.
In recent weeks, Trump has come under fire for comments targeting the four minority lawmakers, which were condemned as “racist” in a resolution passed by the House this month.
The op-ed’s release came as the president begins to face a new wave of backlash after he called House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDemocrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' Trump slams Cummings as a 'brutal bully,' claims Baltimore district 'far worse' than southern border Overnight Health Care: Oversight chair plans to call drug executives to testify on costs | Biden airs anti-'Medicare for All' video | House panel claims Juul deliberately targeted kids MORE (D-Md.), who is African American, a “brutal bully” and said his Baltimore district is a “rat and rodent infested mess.”
“Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous,” Trump tweeted.
“His district is considered the Worst in the USA as proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded,” Trump continued. “Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats dig in on probes post-Mueller Democrats see window closing for impeachment Trump is on the path to reelection MORE (D-Calif.) denounced Trump's criticisms targeting Cummings as "racist" in a tweet later on Saturday and praised the congressman as "a beloved leader."