Two GOP lawmakers back Trump's comments on Democratic lawmakers: 'I'll pay for their tickets out of this country'

Multiple GOP lawmakers criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE on Monday after he tweeted that four Democratic congresswomen of color should “go back” to their home countries, but at least two congressional Republicans backed up his comments.

"There’s no question that the members of Congress that @realDonaldTrump called out have absolutely said anti-American and anti-Semitic things," Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) tweeted.

"I’ll pay for their tickets out of this country if they just tell me where they’d rather be."

Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesFrom a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs major conservation bill into law | Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official | Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Pebble Mine project MORE (R-Mont.), who is up for reelection next year, made a similar defense of Trump's comments.

"This is America. We’re the greatest country in the world. I stand with @realdonaldtrump," Daines tweeted. 

Trump on Sunday tweeted the remarks regarding progressive congresswomen “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.”

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In the tweets, which seemed to be directed at Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMichelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Ethics Committee orders Tlaib to refund campaign ,800 for salary payments MORE (N.Y.) Ayana Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar'This already exists': Democrats seize on potential Trump executive order on preexisting conditions Minneapolis Star Tribune endorses Ilhan Omar's primary challenger Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibEthics Committee orders Tlaib to refund campaign ,800 for salary payments HuffPost reporter discusses progressives' successful showing on Tuesday Minneapolis Star Tribune endorses Ilhan Omar's primary challenger MORE (Mich.), the president suggested they "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

All four of the freshman congresswomen are U.S. citizens, and only Omar, who as a child came to the country as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the U.S.

Trump doubled down on his comments Monday, accusing the women of hating America and saying they're "free to leave" if they want.

“They can leave. And you know what? I’m sure there will be many people that won’t miss them. But they have to love our country. They’re congresspeople,” he said.

While the Democratic Party has largely been unified in condemning the attacks as offensive and xenophobic, Republicans have been split.

Only two GOP lawmakers, Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Texas Democrats plan 7-figure ad buy to turn state blue Republicans face worsening outlook in battle for House MORE (Texas) and Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerDemocrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Congress rightfully rejects dangerous effort to cut defense budget by 10 percent Desiree Tims outraises longtime GOP Rep. Michael Turner by more than 0K in second quarter MORE (Ohio), have specifically called the tweets racist.

growing number of Republicans have condemned the tweets but have stopped short of calling the remarks racist, instead casting them as unreflective of U.S. values.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSeveral GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (R-S.C.) on Monday urged Trump to “knock it down a notch” and focus on criticizing Democratic policies rather than personal attacks, before himself tearing into the congresswomen as “socialist” and “anti-Semitic” and saying they “hate our own country.”