GOP rep on Trump's Cummings tweets: 'I wouldn't be tweeting this way'

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFirst Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel MORE (R-Texas), the only African American Republican in the House of Representatives, said Sunday that he viewed President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE’s attacks on House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFormer Cummings staffer unveils congressional bid McCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee Five big questions about the Jan. 6 select committee MORE (D-Md.) as distinct from his attacks on four minority congresswomen but added, “I wouldn’t be tweeting this way.”

“I think these tweets are different from the ones a few days ago or a few weeks ago… when you tell someone to go back to Africa or whatever country, that’s in essence telling someone because you don’t look like them, that you are not American and you do not have self-worth,” Hurd said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Despite this, he said, “I wouldn't be doing this, I wouldn't be tweeting this way."

Hurd was one of only four House Republicans to vote for a resolution condemning the tweets in which Trump called on Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary On The Money: Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' | Frustration builds as infrastructure talks drag MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water Ohio becomes battleground for rival Democratic factions MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Overnight Health Care: Fauci clashes with Paul - again | New York reaches .1B settlement with opioid distributors | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of US COVID-19 cases Duckworth, Pressley introduce bill to provide paid family leave for those who experience miscarriage MORE (D-Mass.) to “go back” to other countries.


“My style is to talk about what unites us, not what divides us,” Hurd added.

Pressed on Trump’s tweets about Cummings, which called the congressman’s West Baltimore district “rat- and rodent-infested,” Hurd responded, "Of course you shouldn't…I don't think they're going to invite [Trump] to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game anytime soon.”

Hurd said Republicans would be better served by touting the effects of tax cuts and the Trump-era economy on economically-distressed areas such as parts of Baltimore.