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

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTrump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president Democrats worry Trump team will cherry-pick withheld documents during defense What to watch for on day 4 of the Senate impeachment trial MORE (R-S.C.), the only African American Republican in the Senate, on Monday afternoon criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg 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-CortezDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters Moore defends Sanders's reputation: 'We don't want the fake, and the phony and the fraudulent' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power Pressley says she 'would welcome the opportunity' to educate DeVos after abortion, slavery comparison Massachusetts governor apologizes after calling Pressley speech a 'rant' 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 HurdThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts MORE (R-Texas) called Trump’s tweet “racist and xenophobic” in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president 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 Devi HarrisHarris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power MORE [D-Calif.] attacking [former Vice President] Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump 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 PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president 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.