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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 Trump 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 Daines (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.”

{mosads}In the tweets, which seemed to be directed at Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) Ayana Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (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 Hurd (Texas) and Mike Turner (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 Graham (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.”

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Donald Trump Ilhan Omar Lindsey Graham Mike Turner Rashida Tlaib Steve Daines Will Hurd
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