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: 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 Barr asked Rupert Murdoch to 'muzzle' Fox News commentator Napolitano, book claims MORE this week decried President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate 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-CortezHouse passes bill to avert shutdown Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' The Memo: Dems face balancing act on SCOTUS fight MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' Pressley applauded on House floor after moving speech on living with alopecia San Francisco considers changing local voting age to 16 MORE (Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' George Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge 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 AmashCentrist Democrats 'strongly considering' discharge petition on GOP PPP bill On The Trail: How Nancy Pelosi could improbably become president History is on Edward Snowden's side: Now it's time to give him a full pardon 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)."