"I've always been proud of what this team did during my tenure, but more than what we've done, I'm proud of how they continue to fight for a better America," Obama said, notoriously cautious. Since his resignation when speaking publicly about Trump's politics and behavior, wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday
. Obama's former senior advisor Valerie Jarrett was also a signatory to the Op-ed.
In a report published Friday in The Washington Post, former members of the Obama administration signaled their support for the four Democratic congress women Trump aimed at, saying that the current president was "complicit in the poisoning of our democracy."
"We stand with congressional women Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, as well as all those currently under attack by President Trump," the statement said. "There is really nothing more un-American than asking your fellow citizens to leave our country."
Earlier this month, Trump – in a racist language later condemned by a House resolution – called for the four progressive Democratic congressional women to "go back and help in the removal of the totally broken and crime-prone" places from which they came. "Three of the four were born in the US, and the fourth is a naturalized US citizen." On Saturday, Trump unleashed another attack on Democrat Elijah Cummings – chairman of the House Oversight Committee and frequent critic of the president – and tweeted his district Baltimore is a "disgusting rat and rodent disorder."
"We refuse to remain inactive because racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia are practiced by the president and any elected official accomplice in the poisoning of our democracy. … We are red-blooded Americans, we are patriots and we have much to say in which direction this country is heading, "it says in the editorial.
" Expect to hear more from us. We plan to leave this country better than we found it. This is our home. "