GOP lawmaker calls Trump's remarks 'racist'

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen GOP Rep. Will Hurd marches with protesters in Houston MORE (Texas) on Monday became the first GOP lawmaker to publicly condemn recent tweets from President TrumpDonald John TrumpMitt Romney invokes late father during the Civil Rights Movement amid protests White House wanted to deploy 10,000 troops to control protests: reports Zuckerberg, Chan-funded scientists pen 'letter of concern' over Trump, misinformation MORE as racist.

Speaking to CNN host Christiane Amanpour, Hurd not only said Trump’s tweets were "racist" and "xenophobic," but also labeled them “inaccurate.”

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“The four women he is referring to are actually citizens of the United States, three of the four were born here,” Hurd said. “It’s also behavior that's unbecoming of the leader of the free world.”

Trump tweeted Sunday that a group of Democrats should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

While the tweets did not name anyone directly, they appeared to attack a group of progressive freshman lawmakers made up of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNRCC turns up heat on vulnerable Democrats over Omar's call to abolish police Overnight Energy: US Park Police say 'tear gas' statements were 'mistake' | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues Engel primary challenger hits million in donations MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDefense bill turns into proxy battle over Floyd protests NRCC turns up heat on vulnerable Democrats over Omar's call to abolish police Top progressive lawmaker unveils bill requiring national police training standards MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' Overnight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBiden's right, we need policing reform now - the House should quickly take up his call to action Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody Minority caucuses call for quick action on police reform MORE (D-Mass.), all of whom are U.S. citizens.

Omar is the only one of the four not born in America, as she came to the U.S. after leaving Somalia as a refugee with her family.

The attacks from Trump were widely condemned by Democratic lawmakers as racist, though few Republicans have spoken out and those who did stopped short of calling them racist.

Hurd pointed out that he is the only black Republican in the House and that he goes into communities “that most Republicans don’t show up.”

“When you have this [Trump’s tweets] being the debate, that activity becomes even harder,” he said.

A three-term lawmaker, Hurd noted that Trump’s tweets drew attention away from the infighting within the Democratic Party between Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLiberals: Which 'science' are we supposed to believe? Pompeo blasts China: 'Callous attempts to exploit George Floyd's tragic death' NRCC turns up heat on vulnerable Democrats over Omar's call to abolish police MORE (D-Calif.) and the progressive lawmakers.

“While you had a civil war going on within the Democratic Party between the far-left and the rest of the party, now they have circled the wagons and are starting to protect one another,” he said.

He added that the debate should be focused on political disagreements, and not “these other issues.”