Trump courted controversy last year by claiming the likes of Somalian-born Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib should “go back to their broken and crime infested countries”. While the world is currently protesting through the Black Lives Matter movement, influential figures have put their weight behind campaigns following the death of George Floyd. Mr Floyd died last month after he was restrained by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was subsequently charged with his murder.
The conversation has turned on how black people are treated throughout the world, with movements gathering momentum throughout the US, and in the UK.
Trump has been at the centre of fury, as he has continued to send out contentious Twitter messages, which have been construed as offensive content by the social media platform.
And last year, Trump’s horror attack on BAME Democrats was widely condemned – not least by the former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.
After Trump’s Twitter rant, she responded by saying: “What truly makes our country great is its diversity.
His message, in which he alleged that Ms Omar was an ISIS sympathiser, was also criticised by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who suggested they were racist.
Trump’s row with Ms Omar saw him reference a letter she wrote in 2016, calling for a federal court judge to give leniency in the sentencing of nine Somali-American men from Minnesota who travelled abroad to join ISIS.
He didn’t outline who the women were he was referring to in his controversial tweet, but contextually it pointed towards a group of four women sometimes nicknamed “the squad”.
During a debate on his remarks, Ms Pelosi said in 2019: “There is no place anywhere for the President’s words, which are not only divisive, but dangerous – and have legitimised and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of colour.
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“It’s so sad because you would think that there would be a given that we would universally, in this body, just say, ‘Of course. Of course.'”
She then added: “There’s no excuse for any response to those words but a swift and strong unified condemnation.
“Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the President’s racist tweets.”
While in office, Michelle and husband Barack, used their platform to campaign for black rights.
Barack’s successful run to become US President was seen by many as a bombshell moment that would shake the establishment as he became the first black man to hold the position.