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: Schumer's 'pay the price' remark could be 'dog whistle to crazies' Fox News legal analyst: Only a pardon can 'fairly undo' Roger Stone 'mess' Trump flexes pardon power with high-profile clemencies MORE this week decried President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders 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 House voted largely along party lines to condemn his remarks as racist, with a handful of Republicans and Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashCOVID-19, Bill Barr and the American authoritarian tradition Pelosi scrambles to secure quick passage of coronavirus aid Amash calls stimulus package 'a raw deal' for 'those who need the most help' 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)."