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 TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license 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 DainesHow much damage? The true cost of the Senate's coronavirus relief bill McConnell says T bill is 'emergency relief' and not a 'stimulus' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden moves to unify party before general election 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez calls for extending census period Harris, Ocasio-Cortez among Democrats calling for recurring direct payments in fourth coronavirus bill 'Drag Race' teases first look at guest judge Ocasio-Cortez MORE (N.Y.) Ayana Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHarris, Ocasio-Cortez among Democrats calling for recurring direct payments in fourth coronavirus bill Ilhan Omar edits headline of New York Post article slamming the Squad: 'There, fixed it for you' Trump urges Sanders supporters to join GOP after senator suspends campaign MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHarris, Ocasio-Cortez among Democrats calling for recurring direct payments in fourth coronavirus bill Ilhan Omar edits headline of New York Post article slamming the Squad: 'There, fixed it for you' Trump urges Sanders supporters to join GOP after senator suspends campaign 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 HurdGarth Brooks accepts Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Texas kicks off critical battle for House control Gun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 MORE (Texas) and Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerBipartisan Armed Services leaders tear into Pentagon over use of .8B for border wall GOP lawmakers introduce resolution denouncing UK's Huawei decision House Republicans introduce resolution condemning UK's decision to allow Huawei in 5G networks 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 GrahamBipartisan senators call on China to close all wet markets Bipartisan lawmakers call for global 'wet markets' ban amid coronavirus crisis Trump attacks WHO amid criticism of his coronavirus response 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.”