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 TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments 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 DainesBullock drops White House bid, won't run for Senate Senate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown Perry replacement moves closer to confirmation despite questions on Ukraine 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 on food assistance cuts: 'If this happened then, we might've just starved' Youth climate activists grade top 2020 Democrats on Green New Deal commitment Sanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa MORE (N.Y.) Ayana Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAl Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles Republicans disavow GOP candidate who said 'we should hang' Omar Hillicon Valley: Trump officials propose retaliatory tariffs over French digital tax | FBI classifies FaceApp as threat | Twitter revamps policies to comply with privacy laws | Zuckerberg defends political ads policy MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians GOP leader says he had 'a hard time' believing Pelosi Al Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles 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 HurdCNN's Bianna Golodryga: 'Rumblings' from Democrats on censuring Trump instead of impeachment Republicans preview impeachment defense strategy Davis: Congressman Will Hurd, If not now, when? MORE (Texas) and Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerRepublicans preview impeachment defense strategy Maloney says Hill endured 'epic mansplaining' from GOP lawmaker Live coverage: Impeachment spotlight shifts to Fiona Hill, David Holmes 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 GrahamGOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution Hannity slams Stern for Clinton interview: 'Not the guy I grew up listening to' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment 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.”