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

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottJuan Williams: Justice Thomas seizes his moment in the Trump era The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden seeks to tamp down controversy over remarks about black support African American figures slam Biden on 'you ain't black' comments MORE (R-S.C.), the only African American Republican in the Senate, on Monday afternoon criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally 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-CortezThe Hill's Campaign Report: GOP beset by convention drama Ocasio-Cortez challenger drops out of GOP primary Ocasio-Cortez posts experience getting antibody tested for COVID-19 MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar condemns use of rubber bullets, tear gas on crowds at George Floyd protest Four Minneapolis officers involved in death of unarmed black man fired Overnight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOvernight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOvernight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The American Investment Council - Trump takes his 'ready to reopen' mantra on the road 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 12:30 Report: Trump visits a ventilator plant in a battleground state The Hill to interview Mnuchin today and many other speakers The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga says supporting small business single most important thing we should do now; Teva's Brendan O'Grady says U.S. should stockpile strategic reserve in drugs like Strategic Oil Reserve MORE (R-Texas) called Trump’s tweet “racist and xenophobic” in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocratic unity starts to crack in coronavirus liability reform fight Trump urges GOP to vote against bill reauthorizing surveillance powers Speculation swirls about next Supreme Court vacancy 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 HarrisCalifornia 25 and COVID-19 Press: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS Trump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams MORE [D-Calif.] attacking [former Vice President] Joe BidenJoe BidenProsecutor investigating whether Tara Reade gave false testimony as expert witness Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally George Floyd's sister says Minneapolis officers should be charged with murder 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 PelosiMcCarthy urges Democrats to pull surveillance bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response 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.