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

Fox News legal analyst Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Peter NapolitanoFox News legal analyst: There's 'undisputed evidence' Trump abused his power Fox's Napolitano predicts Trump will testify on own behalf at Senate trial Fox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats MORE torched President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' 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-CortezAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Artist paints Michelle Obama, other women as battered in campaign against domestic violence MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Michigan governor urges Zuckerberg to enforce community guidelines after hate speech, threats surface Ayanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia MORE (D-Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Ayanna Pressley opens up about having alopecia for first time, reveals bald head in interview Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders 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 PelosiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Trump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders 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.”