Fox personalities blast Trump's remarks

Several Fox News personalities, contributors and correspondents criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE on Monday for a series of tweets telling four progressive, nonwhite congresswomen to “go back” to other countries.

Fox's chief White House correspondent John Roberts confronted Trump in person about the attack, asking the president during an impromptu news conference on Monday, “Does it concern you that many people saw that tweet as racist, and that white nationalist groups are finding common cause with you on that point?”

“It doesn’t concern me at all because many people agree with me,” Trump responded. "And all I’m saying is if they want to leave, they can leave."

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“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade, who often expresses support for the president, said on the network's “Outnumbered” that Trump's attacks were “a mistake” but argued that the president was trying to make them the controversial faces of the Democratic Party.

"In one way, the president saying ‘Why did he weigh in the way he did?’ It makes him the story. The other thing is he is underlying it. He’s saying ‘Democrats, these are your leaders, these are your rock stars, good luck,' " he said.

Co-panelist Harris Faulkner called the attacks “an old trope that has been used against people of color” but also accused the congresswomen of “pick[ing] on a man who likes to fight.”

"Those women have picked on a man who likes to fight. That man has leaned on some less-than-presidential rhetoric and all of it is toxic, none of it furthers the conversation, and what is the conversation we are trying to have right now?" Faulkner said. "That some people are more American than other people? Is that what we’re arguing about right now?"

The remarks came after Trump started a firestorm of controversy Sunday when he tweeted that " 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen" should "go back and fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

The tweets appeared to be directed at Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators House passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans On The Money: Schumer, Warren call on Biden to extend student loan pause | IMF estimates 6 percent global growth this year Schumer, Warren call on Biden to extend student loan pause and wipe out K per borrower MORE (D-Mass.), all of whom are U.S. citizens. Only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the U.S. The comments have widely been condemned by the Democratic Party as racist.

Fox News political analyst Jessica Tarlov compared the tweets to Trump’s promotion of the racist "birther" conspiracy theory that former President Obama was not born in the United States.

“The focus needs to be on the President of the United States of America using racist tropes against people of color in this country and that is why his approval rating can never get past a certain level,” Tarlov said on “America’s Newsroom.” “We keep going back to this: the Central Park Five, birtherism. It is unacceptable.”

Most Fox contributors and personalities stopped short of calling Trump's statements racist. Fox's Brit Hume tweeted that the president's attacks were "nativist, xenophobic, counterfactual and politically stupid."

“The Next Revolution” host Steve Hilton also blasted the remarks on Twitter, writing that the sentiment, “totally undermines legitimate arguments on patriotism, secure borders [and] immigration control” as well as Trump’s own signing of criminal justice reform legislation.

“you’re the President not Alf Garnett,” Hilton added, referencing the British sitcom character who served as the basis for “All in the Family”’s Archie Bunker. 

Republicans largely have remained silent about Trump's comments since he first made them Sunday.

Some Senate Republicans, however, have spoken out, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who called on Trump to delete his tweet, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who said "there is no excuse for the president's spiteful comments," and Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenate passes bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to first Black NHL player Scott: 'There is hope' for police reform bill Sunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe MORE (R-S.C.), the only African American Republican in the Senate, who said Trump used “unacceptable” and “racially offensive” language in his remarks.

A number of Democrats, including 2020 White House hopefuls, have condemned Trump's tweets and his defense of the remarks "racist" and "un-American." Congressional Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy MORE (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCapitol riot defendants have started a jail newsletter: report On The Money: Biden asks Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration | Economic growth rose to 6.5 percent annual rate in second quarter Top Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) blasted Trump for his comments and condemned Republicans for their silence on the issue.