"I've always been proud of what this team has accomplished during my administration. But more than what we did, I'm proud of how they're going to fight for America, that's better," Obama, who has been notoriously restrained since leaving office when it comes to publicly speaking about Trump's policies and behavior, wrote on his Twitter account
on Saturday. Obama's former senior adviser Valerie Jarrett was also a signatory of the op-ed.
In the op-ed, published on Friday in the Washington Post, former members of Obama's administration signaled their support for the four Democratic congresswomen that Trump targeted and said the current president is "a complicit in the poisoning of our democracy."
"We stand with congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, as well as all those currently under attack by President Trump," the op-ed reads. "There is nothing more un-American than calling fellow citizens to leave our country."
Earlier this month, Trump – in racist language that was later condemned by a House resolution – told the four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back and help fix the totally broken and infested crime places from which they came. " Three of the four were born in the US, and the fourth is a naturalized US citizen. On Saturday, Trump unleashed a new assault against Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings – chairman of the House Oversight Committee and frequent critic of the President – tweeting that his Baltimore district is a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess."
"We refuse to sit idly as racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia are wielded by the president and any elected official complicit in the poisoning of our democracy. … We are Red-blooded Americans, we are patriots, and we have plenty to say about the direction this country is headed, "the editorial reads
" We expect to see this country better than we have found. "