Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, both the candidates to be UK’s next PM have criticized US President Donald Trump’s tweet in which he called on four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back. During a debate run by The Sun, Jeremy Hunt called the remarks “totally offensive”, while Boris Johnson said they were “unacceptable”.
Mr. Trump said the women “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe”. He faced several counteractions for the series of tweets on Sunday aimed at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar. The first three of them were born in the US while the last woman went to the US as a child refugee when she was 12.
His statements were widely condemned as racist and as having gone beyond previous statements and actions by the president that drew allegations of racism. His remarks went doubled down when he accused the congresswomen of “hating our country”. Previously, he launched another Twitter tirade, calling on the women themselves to apologize. Mr. Trump was termed as racist by the women and was supported by the members of the Democratic Party.
While being asked about the tweets during the debate, Mr. Hunt said he would be “utterly appalled” if someone said the same thing to their three children, who were born in the UK. “It is totally un-British to do that, so I hope that would never happen,” he added.
Mr. Johnson said: “If you are the leader of a great, multi-racial, multi-cultural society, you simply cannot use that kind of language about sending people back to where they came from.
“That went out decades and decades ago and thank heavens for that.” Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, earlier, termed the tweets “completely unacceptable”.
Mr. Hunt was asked by the reporters his opinion if the comments were racist, to which he replied saying, “Look, I’m foreign secretary, this is a president of a country which happens to be our closest ally, and so it is not going to help the situation to use that kind of language about the president of the United States.”
“I can understand how many people in this country would want politicians like me to use those words and would feel that sentiment, but…I hope I have made absolutely clear how totally offensive it is to me that people are still saying that kind of thing,” he claimed.