NAACP reacts to President Trump's controversial tweets

The local chapter of the NAACP is speaking out after a series of tweets from President Donald Trump that some say are an attack against four congresswomen.

Posted: Jul 15, 2019 6:46 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2019 6:29 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene-Springfield chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is speaking out after a series of tweets from President Donald Trump that some say are an attack against four congresswomen.

In the tweets, Trump implies that the four women of color -- Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. -- should "go back" to their country. 

A representative of the NAACP, Isis Brone, said these tweets are not surprising and the organization will continue to speak out against the president. 

"We need to remember that we can raise strong women," said Brone. "These women he's referring to are very strong women and fought very hard to get in their position, and that's amazing and beautiful. It's inspiring for a lot of young, little girls to see they can be whoever they want to be."

Eric Richardson, the president of the Eugene-Springfield chapter, said that in times like these, it's important to stay unified. 

"Unfortunately what happens at the national level affects us locally," said Richardson. "So what we have to do is maintain our centerness. We need to believe in one another and in the collective work and our devotion to multiculturalism."

Richardson also said there has been progress in racism, but the country still has a lot to do to make sure every race and every person feels safe in the United States. 

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