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JEREMY CORBYN blasted the two Tory leadership hopefuls today for failing to condemn Donald Trump as racist for his “go back home” tweet.
US president Mr Trump wrote that four Democrat congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt criticised Sunday’s tweet in a Sun/talkRadio debate on Monday night, but did not go so far as to say it was racist.
Labour leader Mr Corbyn wrote: “Telling four Congresswomen of colour to ‘go back’ is racist. But the Tory leadership candidates can’t bring themselves to say so.
“We should stand up to Donald Trump, not pander to him for a sweetheart trade deal which would put our NHS at risk.”
The four women referred to are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
All except Ms Omar — who is a naturalised US citizen — were born in the US.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez described Mr Trump’s comments as “the hallmark language of white supremacists.”
When Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt was asked during the debate if he found the tweet “completely unacceptable,” he replied: “Yes I do.”
His leadership competitor Mr Johnson said: “I have to say I think the relations between the UK and US are incredibly important.
“But if you’re the leader of a great multiracial multicultural 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, thank heavens for that. It’s totally unacceptable. I agree with the prime minister.”
PM Theresa May — who will be replaced by either Mr Johnson or Mr Hunt from next week — described Mr Trump’s tweet as “completely unacceptable.”
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