Ted Lieu: Trump a 'racist ass'

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuBass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign Space race needs better cybersecurity  Buttigieg touts supply achievements at ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach MORE (D-Calif.) went off on President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE on Sunday over a series of tweets attacking four nonwhite progressive female lawmakers, calling the president “a racist ass.”

Lieu made the comment while speaking on MSNBC Sunday night in response to Trump's tweets earlier in the day, which suggested that a group of Democratic congresswomen, all of whom are U.S. citizens, should "go back" to the countries they came from before criticizing U.S. policies.

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“I never thought I’d see the day when a president was telling immigrants to go back to where we came from. Donald Trump is demonstrating he’s a racist ass. He’s not uniting us. I can’t wait until he leaves the office of the presidency,” Lieu said.

While he did not name them directly, it is widely believed Trump's tweets referred to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew Mexico Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case Hispanics sour on Biden and Democrats' agenda as midterms loom MORE (D-N.Y.), 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.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOvernight Energy & Environment — Biden announces green buildings initiative Tlaib blasts Biden judicial nominee whose firm sued environmental lawyer House Democrats inquire about possible census undercount in Detroit, other communities MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyDemocrats call on CDC to release demographic breakdowns for long-term COVID-19 patients House votes to award medal to Willie O'Ree, first Black NHL player It's time for President Biden to use his vast clemency power MORE (D-Mass.). All four of the freshman congresswomen are U.S. citizens, and only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the U.S.

"So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run," Trump tweeted Sunday.

Lieu called Trump’s attacks, which were widely condemned among Democratic lawmakers, “a new low for him.”

“I think Americans are going to react very badly against the president,” the lawmaker predicted.

When asked why thinks Trump decided to take shots at the congresswomen, Lieu said the president is becoming increasingly “unhinged” as he is continuously unable to push forward with his policies and campaign promises.

“He has not been able to build his wall, has not been able make the border situation any better and now he’s trying to do other things to amp up his base,” Lieu said.

Lieu’s remarks Sunday closely echoed a tweet he sent out earlier in response to Trump.

"What makes America exceptional is we are a nation of immigrants. As an immigrant who served on active duty, I am appalled you are telling us to 'go back,' ” he wrote. “I’m not going back. America is our home. And I will still be in Congress after your racist ass leaves.”