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

Fox News legal analyst Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Peter NapolitanoFox's Napolitano: Trump's 'go back' tweet 'a rejection of the nation as a melting pot' Fox News legal analyst calls Trump's attacks on minority Democrats 'racist' Fox's Napolitano predicts Acosta will be out as Labor secretary by end of week MORE torched President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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-CortezRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey Joseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts The latest victims of the far-left's environmental zealotry: Long Islanders MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bullsh-t purity test' The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown Tlaib's grandmother to Trump: 'May God ruin' you MORE (D-Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bullsh-t purity test' The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown Tlaib's grandmother to Trump: 'May God ruin' you MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' 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 PelosiObjections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' 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.”