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Tim Scott, black Republican senator, calls Trump's tweets 'racially offensive'

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottLiberals should embrace Trump's Supreme Court nominee Romney slams Trump for refusing to denounce QAnon on national television Graham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' MORE (R-S.C.), the only African American Republican in the Senate, on Monday afternoon criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE for using “unacceptable” and “racially offensive” language when he told four Democratic lawmakers of minority races to “go back” to the countries they came from.

“Instead of sharing how the Democratic Party’s far-left, pro-socialist policies — not to mention the hateful language some of their members have used towards law enforcement and Jews — are wrong for the future of our nation, the President interjected with unacceptable personal attacks and racially offensive language,” Scott said in a statement.

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“No matter our political disagreements, aiming for the lowest common denominator will only divide our nation further,” he added.

Scott issued his statement in response to the uproar over Trump’s criticism of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate Biden distances himself from Green New Deal during town hall Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarKamala Harris and the stereotypes we place on Black women Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Is Trump a better choice for Jewish voters than Biden? MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Kamala Harris's facial expressions during debate go viral MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Black Boston jogger stopped by ICE agents, prompting outcry from local officials: 'Outrageous' MORE (D-Mass.).

All four women are U.S. citizens, and all four are people of color. Only Omar, who came to the U.S. from Somalia as a refugee, was born outside the U.S.

Trump started a firestorm of controversy Sunday when he tweeted that "'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen" should "go back and fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

The tweet was broadly condemned for stoking racial resentment, and several Republican lawmakers have already criticized Trump for using divisive language.

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdChanging suburbs threaten GOP hold on Texas Bottom line Trump throws curveball on Afghan troop levels MORE (R-Texas) called Trump’s tweet “racist and xenophobic” in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw RNC chairwoman: Republicans should realize distancing themselves from Trump 'is hurting themselves in the long run' Latest Mnuchin-Pelosi call produces 'encouraging news on testing' for stimulus package MORE (R-S.C.), a staunch Trump ally, said on "Fox & Friends" that Trump should focus on Democratic policies instead of personal attacks.

“Aim higher,” Graham said when asked about Trump’s tweets. “They are American citizens. They won an election. Take on their policies. The bottom line here is this is a diverse country.”

Scott, shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, said in his statement that Democrats are also guilty of using racially divisive tactics for political gain.

“Prior to this weekend, we saw the Democratic Party embroiled in racial controversy. From [Sen.] Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisUndecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability Foreign policy is on the ballot in 2020; so is American credibility Perez on Biden's poll leads: Democrats 'take nothing for granted' MORE [D-Calif.] attacking [former Vice President] Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise' Undecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability MORE on segregationists, to four black and brown women chastising Democratic leadership for attacking women of color,” he said, referring to criticism Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib have directed at Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi: White House made 'unacceptable changes' to testing language during negotiations on coronavirus stimulus MORE (D-Calif.).

“It is clear the Democratic Party has serious issues along these lines,” Scott said, trying to deflect some blame to Democrats at the same time he criticized Trump’s choice of language.