Donald Trump said that some democratic parliamentarians from countries "whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe" should "go back and help repair the totally broken and infected places from the crime they came from."
Although it was not clear to anyone who referred to the president of the United States, he came after launching an extraordinary attack on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar – both women of color – saying that "he doesn't even know where they come from".
He wrote on Twitter: "It is so interesting to see progressive democratic women, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, the most corrupt and inept in the world (if they even have a functioning government), now loudly and ferociously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, how our government should be governed.
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"Because they don't come back and help repair the haunted and totally collapsed places they came from. Then come back and show us how it's done.
"These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough.
"I'm sure Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly find free travel deals!"
Commentators quickly condemned President Trump's comments as racists, some accusing him of xenophobia or "Hitler-style chatter".
One replied: "These women are American citizens. They are doing the most patriotic thing available to them: questioning and criticizing their government.
"Patriotism is much more than greeting a flag or singing a hymn".
Another said to the president: "Three of the four were born here, so you may be right in fixing the place where they were born. The fourth is a citizen. All were elected by majority. Fail on all fronts."
Many pointed out that his wife, Melania, was not born in America.
Yesterday, Mr. Trump said that Ms Ocasio-Cortez and Ms Omar were among a group of "disrespectful" democrats towards Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi had told colleagues that she was frustrated by the fact that people used social media to criticize other party members. The comments were interpreted as directed by Ms Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and two other democratic women, all followed by large social media among the progressives and were explicit.
The president said: "I have a lot to do with Nancy Pelosi and we go back and forth and that's fine, but I think a group of people is lacking in respect. And you know what, I don't think Nancy can let it go on."
His story of racist comments includes sharing a tweet that attacks Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, after three murders in the city.
"London needs a new mayor," wrote Trump. "Khan is a disaster – it will only get worse!"
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