Buffalo leaders condemn Trump tweets

David Rivera calls on others to call out president for language

Mike Baggerman
July 16, 2019 - 1:44 pm

Councilman David Rivera with community leaders condemn President Trump's tweets. July 16, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - President Trump's controversial comments have drawn the ire of Buffalo Common Councilman David Rivera.

The Niagara District councilman said that silence from elected officials means the normalization and trivialization of the words.

"We're asking our elected officials to strongly condemn the racist remarks he made against the four elected women," Rivera said. "Three of those women were born right here in the United States and they love this country. We want the distractions to stop."

President Trump on Sunday tweeted that Freshman Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came" in response to their ideas on how the United States should be run. Trump then tweeted on Tuesday that those four have received a free pass from "vile, hateful, and disgusting" comments from them in the past on topics such as Israel, terrorism, and public language. Trump said his tweets were not racist and that he believes the four women hate the country.

"(His words are) dangerous," Rivera said. "They appeal to hatred. They sow a seed of fear in people's hearts. We need to stop that right now."

Rivera wants the focus on the issues that he says matter to people such as environment and health care.

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