Trump claims 'no racial tension' caused by attacks on Democratic lawmakers

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE on Monday insisted “there is no racial tension” with the black community caused by his sustained attacks on four minority Democratic lawmakers, which have been widely condemned as racist.

Asked about the potential backlash from telling the members of Congress to “go back” to where they came from, Trump predicted he would expand his support among black voters in next year’s elections because the economy is performing well.

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“There’s no racial tension,” he said. “We have fantastic relationships with the African American community and I think you’ll see that in 2020.”

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“I think they’re very bad for our country. I think they must hate our country,” Trump said, adding he believes they are also “very bad for the Democratic Party” because they are pulling it to the left. 

Trump earlier Monday tweeted that the group is “a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart.”