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From berythism to racist tweets: the story of Trump that ignites racial tensions

Four women members of Congress fought back President Trump on Monday after tweeting this weekend. They should "go back and help repair the totally devastated and infested places of the crimes that caused them". The four Democratic legislators are US citizens and only the representative, Ilhan Omar, was born outside of the United States before becoming a citizen in 2000.

President defended himself at an event on Monday. He also called the women "anti-American" and "a gang of communists".

Republicans have been slow to respond to the president's tweet. Several people said it was offline Monday, while others have defended it, reported CBS News correspondent Weijia Jiang.

At the same time, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would vote on a resolution condemning the president's tweets, forcing lawmakers to make a statement.

Democratic members of Congress repel Trump's racist attacks

But as reported by CBS News correspondent Major Garrett, the country has observed Trump, a candidate and president, judge by race. Voters saw him on the first day of his campaign, with an attack on the Mexicans.

"They bring drugs, they introduce crimes, they are rapists," he said in 2015.

He accused US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, born in Indiana, of bias because his parents had emigrated from Mexico.

"I'm talking about common sense, agree? It's someone – he's proud of his legacy," Mr. Trump said in 2016. "He does not treat me fairly."

Prior to running for president, Mr. Trump ignited racial tensions by questioning the birthplace of former President Barack Obama. He then forgave white nationalists spewing anti-Semitism after a deadly confrontation in Charlottesville, saying that there were "very good people, both sides."

Last year, at a meeting with Senators on Immigration, the President asked why the United States would accept people from "country of thole," adding that the United States should bring in people from places like "Norway".

Trump's willingness to invoke accusations of racism is now an essential part of his presidency, as is the resilience of his support, announced by his own words during the campaign.

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue to shoot someone and I would not lose any elector, it's incredible," he said in 2016.

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