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Second GOP lawmaker calls Trump’s tweet ‘racist’

Rep. Michael Turner (Ohio) on Monday became the second GOP lawmaker to condemn President Trump’s tweet about a group of Democratic lawmakers as “racist.”

Turner tweeted that the incendiary comment — which appeared to target four female lawmakers of color, suggesting they “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” — was racist and called on Trump to apologize.

“I am confident that every Member of Congress is a committed American,” Turner tweeted Monday, joining other Republicans and Democrats in condemning the tweet.{mosads}

“@realDonaldTrump’s tweets from this weekend were racist and he should apologize. We must work as a country to rise above hate, not enable it.” 

GOP Rep. Will Hurd (Texas), the only black Republican in the House, earlier on Monday called the president’s tweets “racist” and “xenophobic.”

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

Turner and Hurd are the only two members of their party so far to call the tweets racist — while a growing number of Republicans have condemned the tweets, they have stopped short of calling the remarks racist, instead casting them as unreflective of U.S. values. 

While the tweets did not name anyone directly, they appeared to attack a group of progressive freshman lawmakers made up of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (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.

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ayanna Pressley Donald Trump Ilhan Omar Mike Turner Rashida Tlaib Will Hurd
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