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 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 this week decried President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax 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."

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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)."