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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 TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend 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)."