U.S. Rep. Pete Olson said that President Donald Trump should “disavow his comments” after a tweet from the president that some have called “racist and xenophobic.”
Olson, who represents a large area of Fort Bend County in Texas District 22, was responding to a tweet from Trump saying that four Democratic Congresswomen should “go back” to the “broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
The tweet targeted four Congresswomen — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — as Trump claimed that they “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.”
Of the four, Omar was born overseas in Somalia. All four are U.S. citizens.
Olson joined two other House Republicans from Texas in denouncing Trump’s tweets, joining Will Hurd of El Paso and Chip Roy of Dripping Springs.
“The Tweet President Trump posted over the weekend about fellow Members of Congress are not reflective of the values of the 1,000,000+ people in Texas 22,” Olson tweeted. “We are proud to be the most diverse Congressional district in America.
“I urge our President immediately disavow his comments,” Olson concluded.
Olson is a target by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2020 election, naming him to a list of vulnerable House Republicans.
Sri Preston Kulkarni, who lost to Olson in 2018 and plans to run again as a Democrat in 2020, put out a tweet, hitting Trump for his comments and Olson for his response.
“The President’s comments aren’t new or shocking, not to folks who remember the Central Park 5, Judge Curiel, or the day he launched his campaign,” Kulkarni tweeted. “What’s shocking is that after a decade representing this seat, Pete Olson is only now realizing that our values aren’t the same.”
Democratic Rep. Al Green, Fort Bend County’s other Congressman in District 9, said that he would move forward with articles of impeachment in the next few weeks. Trump’s “racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and Islamophobia can no longer be tolerated or ignored,” Green tweeted. “We must impeach.”