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 TrumpBiden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet Grill company apologizes after sending meatloaf recipe on same day of rock star's death 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 BookerDemocrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Bass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign CNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee 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 OmarSenate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Overnight Defense & National Security — DOD watchdog to review extremism screening Omar calls for closure of Guantánamo Bay prison after 20 years of 'lawlessness and cruelty' 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 BidenSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion The Fed has a clear mandate to mitigate climate risks Biden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' 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 InsleeWhat if politicians were required to tell the truth? New Washington secretary of state orders staffers to be vaccinated Conservative Washington state lawmaker dies after positive COVID-19 test 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 MoultonUkraine president, US lawmakers huddle amid tensions with Russia Gallego leads congressional delegation to Ukraine Bill seeks to aid families of Black WWII veterans deprived of GI benefits 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.