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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 rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report 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 DainesRick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight 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-CortezClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere Trump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling MORE (N.Y.) Ayana Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMeet the three Democrats who could lead foreign affairs in the House Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' 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 HurdHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members Democrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities MORE (Texas) and Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerDemocratic lawmakers lambast Trump over Esper firing as GOP remains mum Overnight Defense: How members of the Armed Services committees fared in Tuesday's elections | Military ballots among those uncounted in too-close-to-call presidential race | Ninth US service member killed by COVID-19 Turner fends off Democratic challenge in Ohio 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 GrahamIs Trump headed to another campaign or to a courtroom? Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden 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.”