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

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdCNN's Bianna Golodryga: 'Rumblings' from Democrats on censuring Trump instead of impeachment Republicans preview impeachment defense strategy Davis: Congressman Will Hurd, If not now, when? MORE (R-Texas), the only African American Republican in the House of Representatives, said Sunday that he viewed President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE’s attacks on House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsImpeachment can't wait Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings Tucker Carlson calls Trump 'full-blown BS artist' in segment defending him from media coverage 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-CortezSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Ocasio-Cortez: 'Won't you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway' House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump Al Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump House moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (D-Mass.) to “go back” to other countries.

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“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.