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Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway found herself in hot water on Tuesday after quizzing a reporter about his ethnicity while she tried to defend President Donald Trump against charges of racism.
Trump has been fending off attacks since tweeting on Sunday that a quartet of newly elected liberal congresswomen should 'go back where they came from.' Three of the four were born in the United States.
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'If the president was not telling these four congresswomen to return to their supposed countries of origin,' asked Andrew Feinberg, a Jewish reporter, 'to which countries was he referring?'
'What's your ethnicity?' Conway fired back, an opening line in what she hoped would be a lesson about all Americans having roots elsewhere in the world.
Feinberg wasn't playing along. 'Why is that relevant?' he asked.
'No, no,' Conway continued, 'because I'm asking you a question. My ancestors are from Ireland and Italy.'
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'Kellyanne, my own ethnicity is not relevant to the question I'm asking,' the reporter parried.
Conway noted that in one of his news-shaping tweets, Trump wrote that his four targets 'originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.'
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'He said "originally." He said "originally" from,' she said, quoting a Trump tweet in which he vented about progressives 'who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.'
An incredulous Feinberg pushed back.
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'So you're saying that the president was telling the Palestinian-American to go back to the Middle East? To go back to the "occupied territories"?' he asked.
Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib is Palestinian-American, born in Detroit. She and three others have become collectively branded 'the squad,' an alliance of radicals who have given the Democratic establishment no shortage of headaches.
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With Trump publicly bombarding them, however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has had little choice but to embrace them.
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