GOP lawmaker calls Trump's remarks 'racist'

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdPelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House Wave of GOP retirements threatens 2020 comeback Texas Republicans sound alarm about rapidly evolving state MORE (Texas) on Monday became the first GOP lawmaker to publicly condemn recent tweets from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez calls for Kavanaugh to be impeached Why are we turning a blind eye to right-wing incitement of violence? Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Omar responds to family of 9/11 victim who called her out at anniversary ceremony MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIlhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley dance to Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' in video Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico This week: House jump-starts effort to prevent shutdown Schumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill 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.”