Fox News legal analyst calls Trump's attacks on minority Democrats 'racist'

Fox News legal analyst Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Peter NapolitanoFox's Napolitano predicts Trump will testify on own behalf at Senate trial Fox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats Fox's Napolitano: Trump loses the 'unfair' argument by not participating in hearings MORE torched President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE an in op-ed published Wednesday, labeling his tweets attacking four minority congresswomen as “xenophobic, racist and hateful.”

Napolitano, at times an outspoken critic of Trump who has drawn the president's ire for previous negative coverage, went off on Trump for his hateful tweets widely believed to be directed at “the squad,” comprised of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Democrats reach cusp of impeachment Progressives hopeful for deal with Pelosi to avert showdown on drug prices MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Democrats square off at final impeachment hearing Live coverage: Democrats, Republicans seek to win PR battle in final House impeachment hearing MORE (D-Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (D-Mass.).

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“Politics is not beanbag, but if the great painful lesson of American history has taught us anything, it is that there is no place in our public discourse for racial hatred,” Napolitano wrote. “The Democrats know this. The president apparently doesn’t.”

He noted that not only are Trump’s tweets racist and discriminatory, they are also not good for him politically. Napolitano pointed out that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles California GOP candidate arrested on stalking charges MORE (D-Calif.) has “wisely distanced herself and the vast majority of House Democrats from the Squad, and she has not taken their bait.”

“The president, on the other hand, has taken their bait and attacked them personally. The Squad has views of American domestic and foreign policy seriously at odds with even the liberal base of the Democratic Party — hence Pelosi’s occasional public but gentle chastisements,” Napolitano wrote.

Trump was widely condemned by Democrats this week following the tweets in which he told the four minority female lawmakers to “go back” to the countries they came from. All four are U.S. citizens, and only Omar was born outside of America.

Omar came to America at the age of 12 with her family as a refugee after fleeing Somalia.

“We have a president who sounds more like a Mafia don than a statesman and a Congress that wants to pick and choose whose offensive words to condemn,” Napolitano wrote of Trump’s tweets and the Republicans who have generally speaking not denounced his tweets as racist.

Napolitano also made clear that House Democrats should not censure Trump over his tweets.

“Now, the House Democrats want to add fuel to this fire by using the power of office to censure the president because of his tweets about the Squad,” he wrote. “They have no business doing so. The president’s words — backed up by his incessant repetitions — are condemnable, but they are only words.”

In his op-ed, Napolitano also labeled Trump’s tweets in which he alleged Google should be investigated for treason as “ignorant.”

Trump previously lambasted Napolitano on Twitter, calling one of his legal arguments “very dumb.”