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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy 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.”

Trump doubled down on his attacks on Democratic Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Omar responds to family of 9/11 victim who called her out at anniversary ceremony Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley dance to Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' in video MORE (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Super PAC head spars with CNN's Cuomo over Ocasio-Cortez ad Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight We must stand together against hatred MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIlhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley dance to Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' in video Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (Mass.) when asked why he continues to escalate the feud.

“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.”