GOP lawmaker calls Trump's remarks 'racist'

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program The Hill's Morning Report - Bolton charge ups ante in witness showdown The Hill's Morning Report - Report of Bolton tell-all manuscript roils Trump defense MORE (Texas) on Monday became the first GOP lawmaker to publicly condemn recent tweets from President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet 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-CortezBiden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa New economic confidence polls show why Bernie won't win the White House Ocasio-Cortez rips 'public charge' decision: 'The American Dream isn't a private club with a cover charge' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe DCCC's 'blacklist' protects a white male political status quo Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power 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 PelosiDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism 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.”