The Virginia Democratic lawmakers said Friday they will be booting an upcoming ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of the representative democracy in America if President Trump attends, urging organizers to "Send Him Back."
The July 30 event will be held in Jamestown , the site of the first permanent English colony, and will be the founding of the House of Burgesses, the first representative legislative assembly in America. It is part of a weeklong celebration of the state's colonial past – including the first arrival of the African slaves in the former British colonies
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Virginia's House and Senate Democratic leadership said in a statement that they would "not attend any part of the commemorative session where Donald Trump is in attendance."
"The current president does not represent the values that we would celebrate at the 400th anniversary of the oldest democratic body in the western world, "they added before ending the statement with" Send Him Back, "and reference to the" send her back "chant repeatedly shouted by Trump supporters at a July 1
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The chant came after the Trump targeted four Congresswomen of color – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., And Omar – over the weekend. He has tweeted that they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crippled places from which they came, then come back and show us how it's done" in response to their criticism of him
Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were born in the United States. Omar was born in Somalia and is a U.S.
Trump's remarks and the chant at his rally have elicited a firestorm of controversy, with critics saying he had revived racist troupes to put minorities down. Trump tried to distancing himself from the chant Thursday, saying he was "not happy" with it.
"I was not happy with it, but I did not say that, they did," Trump told reporters at the Oval Office when asked about the controversial moment
In a rebuke of the president, the Democratic-led House voted Tuesday to condemn his tweets as "racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color. "
The invitation to Trump to attend the Virginia event was extended by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and two Republican state lawmakers House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., Was also invited to attend but declined.
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Event organizer American Evolution said the White House has not made an announcement regarding President's plans. newspaper reported Friday that Trump planned to attend the event