New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman unloaded on President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE in a profanity-laced tirade for telling a group of Democratic congresswomen they should "go back" to their home countries, asking two CNN hosts "what shithole country did your grandparents come from?"
"Every one of us at some point, or virtually all of us, can trace our roots to what Trump has called shithole countries," Friedman said during a discussion with "New Day" hosts Alisyn Camerota and Mark Berman on Monday.
"Hey Camerota, which shithole country did your grandparents come from? Berman, which shithole countries did your grandparents come from?" he asked.
"We all came here. We all came here because this is not a country of blood and soil, which Trump thinks, it’s a country built around a universal idea that out of many, we make one," Friedman continued. "And I know one thing absolutely for sure: that we have a president of the United States who could not pass the simplest citizenship test that is administrated to every new immigrant in this country because he has no idea what this country is about."
JUST NOW: @tomfriedman unloads on @realDonaldTrump: "The president isn't talking just about .... the four congresswomen. He's talking about us. He's talking about we.... Hey Camerota, which shit-hole country did your grandparents come from? "@NewDaypic.twitter.com/shQSW6Tlbo— John Berman (@JohnBerman) July 15, 2019
CNN did not censor Friedman's remarks or abruptly end the interview. The network has allowed its anchors and guests to say the word "shithole" on the air in the past.
Trump's online attacks against the congresswomen, believed to be Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarEnough with the GDP — it's time to measure genuine progress Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats eye potential carbon price in reconciliation bill 'Squad' members call on Biden to shut down Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocratic bill would force Fed to defund fossil fuels Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan 'Squad' members call on Biden to shut down Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota MORE (D-Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyDemocratic bill would force Fed to defund fossil fuels Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats eye potential carbon price in reconciliation bill 'Squad' members call on Biden to shut down Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota MORE (D-Mass.) and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezConservative group files ethics complaint over Ocasio-Cortez appearance at Met Gala If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (D-N.Y.), began Sunday morning. Three of the four lawmakers were born in the U.S., while Omar, who is a U.S. citizen, was born in Somalia and came to the U.S. as a refugee.
"So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema Overnight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Democrats suffer blow on drug pricing as 3 moderates buck party MORE, 'RACIST,'" Trump tweeted to his 62 million followers Sunday night.
"Their disgusting language and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged. If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior, then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!" he added.
On Monday, he asked when the "Radical Left Congresswomen" would apologize to the U.S.
Trump's comments were deemed racist by his critics, including many 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
Trump last year reportedly referred to immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from “shithole countries,” drawing criticism.