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

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdGOP struggles with retirement wave Here are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Pelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House MORE (R-Texas), the only African American Republican in the House of Representatives, said Sunday that he viewed President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE’s attacks on House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Federal agency to resume processing some deferred-action requests for migrants Overnight Defense: Trump says he has 'many options' on Iran | Hostage negotiator chosen for national security adviser | Senate Dems block funding bill | Documents show Pentagon spent at least 4K at Trump's Scotland resort 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez reveals new policies for campaign aides with children Kennedy launches primary challenge against Markey The Memo: 'Whistleblower' furor gains steam MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarGOP Senate candidate said Republicans have 'dual loyalties' to Israel Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk' MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Omar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyDemocrats blast HUD for removing LGBT language from grant competition Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk' 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.