BBC Breakfast viewers applaud Naga Munchetty as she calls out Donald Trump

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty expressed her views on Donald Trump’s comments aimed at four congresswomen encouraging them to leave the country.

The US president was recently condemned by the US House of Representatives over a series of racist tweets which, while didn’t name anyone, are implied to be in response to four Democratic congresswomen who have been outspoken about Trump’s immigration policies.

Known as the ‘Squad’, the four women are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast about his comments, Naga recalled her own experiences of being told to ‘go home’ in the UK.

‘Everytime I’ve been told as a woman of colour to “go home”, to “go back to where I’ve come from,” that was embedded in racism,’ Naga said.

‘Now I’m not accusing anyone of anything here but you know what certain phrases mean.’

Asked if she’s told that by co-host Dan Walker, Naga replied: ‘Yes. Not regularly but I’ve been told it.’

Responding to how she feels when it’s aimed at her, Naga said: ‘Furious. Absolutely furious and I can imagine lots of people in this country will be feeling absolutely furious a man in that position think it’s okay to skirt the lines by using language like that.’

In the original tweets, Trump wrote: ‘So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is run.

‘Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough.’

Trump has since hit back at claims the comments were racist, writing: ‘Those tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!’

Ocasio-Cortez responded writing: ‘You’re right, Mr. President – you don’t have a racist bone in your body.

‘You have a racist mind in your head, and a racist heart in your chest. That’s why you violate the rights of children and tell the Congresswoman who represents your home borough, to “go back to my country.”’

Viewers have since praised Naga for speaking out on the issue.

You can catch BBC Breakfast weekdays on BBC One at 6am.

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