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Fox's Napolitano: Trump's 'go back' tweet 'a rejection of the nation as a melting pot'

Fox News legal analyst Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Peter NapolitanoFox's Napolitano says grand jury erred in Taylor case: 'I would have indicted all three of them' Fox's Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be 'World War III of political battles' Fox's Napolitano: 2000 election will look like 'child's play' compared to 2020 legal battles MORE this week decried President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE's tweet telling four congresswomen of color to "go back" where they came from, saying the wording was a rejection of America's "melting pot" values.

"Even though hate speech — speech that expresses hatred for people, as opposed to hatred for ideas — stings and hurts, it is constitutionally protected," Napolitano, a frequent Trump critic, wrote in a Fox News opinion piece published Thursday. "But when the hate speech comes from a shameless president, we have a problem."

"It implicates a racial or nativist superiority: We were here before you; this is our land, not yours; get out," he wrote. "Nativist hatred is an implication of moral or even legal superiority that has no constitutional justification in American government."

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In a previous opinion piece this week, Napolitano called Trump's attack "racist."

Trump went after Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: The center strikes back Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Harris rebounds after difficult trip MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIt's past time we elect a Black woman governor House Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias MORE (Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Omar: I wasn't equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries MORE (Mich.) in tweets earlier this month, saying they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

The House voted largely along party lines to condemn his remarks as racist, with a handful of Republicans and Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash warns of turning lawmakers like Cheney into 'heroes' Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Biden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' MORE (I-Mich.) voting with Democrats.

The president's use of "go back" is a "dog whistle to groups around the country that hatred is back in fashion and is acceptable to articulate publicly," Napolitano wrote Thursday. "'Go back' is a rejection of the nation as a melting pot; a condemnation of one of America's founding values — E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one)."