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Fox personalities blast Trump's remarks

Several Fox News personalities, contributors and correspondents criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress 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 OmarMehdi Hasan gets MSNBC Sunday prime-time show Six ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSix ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley says image of Black custodial staff cleaning up Capitol after Jan. 6 riot 'haunts' her DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes DeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel 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 ScottLobbying world Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears Trump ready to make McConnell's life miserable 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 SchumerThe bizarre back story of the filibuster Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump shows he holds stranglehold on GOP, media in CPAC barnburner Biden brings back bipartisan meetings at the White House McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE (D-Calif.) blasted Trump for his comments and condemned Republicans for their silence on the issue.