We join many other publications and individuals who are appalled and concerned by President Donald Trump’s attack on four Congresswomen of color. His racism is becoming more vile, and he continues to remain unashamed and unapologetic.

From Mr. Trump’s viewpoint, criticism of his actions arises only from fear and hatred. He reviles his critics and expects the same of them. But history here and elsewhere shows that criticism also stems from hope for, love for and belief in this country. The gay rights movement, the women’s rights movement, the civil rights movement … back to the Declaration of Independence show that criticism arises from a certainty that things could be better.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley do not need to go anywhere. They are right where they belong – in the Congress of the United States, trying to make this a better country for all who live in it.

We understand that responding to Mr. Trump’s bait is fruitless, but it is not pointless. Remaining silent would send a louder message: that we do not care – or worse, that we agree with Mr. Trump.