The Painful Roots of Trump’s ‘Go Back’ Comment

Mr. Trump’s instruction for four congresswomen to “go back” to their countries was a cutting reminder for those who have heard different versions of the slur before

The New York Times
Jul 16 · 5 min read
A naturalization ceremony in Miami. The “go back” insult — or at least the sentiment behind it — has shadowed immigrants to America for centuries. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

By Katie Rogers

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