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 TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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 BookerSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch 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. 

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"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 OmarTrump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support 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 BidenBiden evokes 1968, asks voters to imagine if Obama had been assassinated Biden blasts Trump's 'embarrassing' actions heading into G-7 summit Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates 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 InsleeThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court Moulton drops out of presidential race after struggling to gain traction 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 Wilbur MoultonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Moulton says Biden would make 'fantastic president' Moulton drops out of presidential race after struggling to gain traction 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.