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 TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report 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 BookerBiden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' New poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne 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 OmarOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down 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 BidenSondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report Biden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP 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 InsleeO'Rourke ends presidential bid Sunrise Movement organizer: Sanders, Warren boast strongest climate change plans Overnight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate 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 MoultonPardoning war crimes dishonors the military The Hill's Morning Report - Fallout from day one of Trump impeachment hearing We still owe LGBT veterans for their patriotism and service 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.