2020 Democratic candidates rip Trump remarks at campaign rally

2020 Democratic candidates rip Trump remarks at campaign rally
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Democratic presidential candidates ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE's remarks at a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina, where he ramped up his criticism of four progressive minority congresswomen.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility MORE (D-N.J.), a 2020 presidential hopeful, compared what was said at Trump's Wednesday night rally to the language used by segregationist former Alabama Gov. George Wallace in the 1960s. 

"My parents, my mom watched in black and white on TV, George Wallace with accusations of communism, the same language, the same bigotry, the same hate that we see now," Booker said on MSNBC after the rally. "My mom watched it in black and white and today millions of Americans saw it in full color."

During Trump's rally in North Carolina, he again attacked Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise MORE (D-Minn.), a freshman lawmaker who is part of a group of progressive congresswomen of color he said should "go back" to where they came from.

"Send her back," the crowd chanted in response. 

Booker said it's "sadly" the kind of politics America has seen before, noting the "Know Nothing" party used similar rhetoric against Irish and German immigrants in the 1850s.

"He's preying on bigotry to try to propel himself forward, but now he's in the most powerful position in the land," Booker said. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE, another 2020 hopeful, said in a series of tweets in response to the rally that Trump is "trying to divide us by race and gender." 

"It's immoral. Our children are listening," Biden tweeted. 

"Donald Trump thinks that our nation's great diversity makes us weak — because he has no idea what makes us great. Here's what has always made America great: Honesty. Decency. Treating everyone with dignity. Demonizing no one — not the poor, the powerless, the immigrant, the other. Giving hate no safe harbor. Understanding that, as Americans, we are part of something bigger than ourselves."

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeBarr asked prosecutors to explore charging Seattle mayor over protest zone: report Bottom line Oregon senator says Trump's blame on 'forest management' for wildfires is 'just a big and devastating lie' MORE, another Democrat seeking the presidency, tweeted that Omar "makes our country and our Congress better." 

"There should not be a racist occupying the Oval Office," he added in another tweet.

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonOvernight Defense: Nearly 500 former national security officials formally back Biden | 40 groups call on House panel to investigate Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Markey defeats Kennedy; Trump lauds America's enforcers in Wisconsin Moulton fends off primary challenges in Massachusetts MORE (D-Mass.) said Trump's attack on Omar is "horrific, racist garbage."

— This report was updated on July 18 at 8:53 a.m.