Cummings: Trump has 'got to be better' about condemning racism

Cummings: Trump has 'got to be better' about condemning racism
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Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsGraham to renew call for second special counsel Hillicon Valley: Sanders finds perfect target in Amazon | Cyberattacks are new fear 17 years after 9/11 | Firm outs alleged British Airways hackers | Trump to target election interference with sanctions | Apple creating portal for police data requests House Dems blast GOP for FBI, DOJ 'conspiracy theories' aimed to protect Trump MORE (D-Md.) said Sunday that he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE needs to do more to address racial tensions in the country a year after a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

"I think it’s a low bar for the president of the United States to simply say he’s against racism," Cummings said on ABC's "This Week."

"He’s got to be better than that. He’s got to address the people who are espousing the racist comments and doing racist acts," he added.


Trump, who infamously said there was blame on "both sides" for violence in Charlottesville, tweeted on Saturday -- the eve of the anniversary of the rally -- that he condemns "all types of racism."

Cummings, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, said the president has yet to specifically call out white supremacy, and noted that Trump's words often don't match his actions. He urged Trump to reflect on his inauguration speech, where he called for unity among Americans.

"I don’t believe President Trump has been a man of his word," Cummings said. "I want him to be honest with the American people. I want him to bring integrity back to the White House."

The president has faced intense criticism for using racially charged language. A number of lawmakers condemned him when he reportedly questioned why the U.S. was accepting immigrants from "shithole countries" in Africa.

The president highlights at each of his campaign events the positive economic numbers for minorities under his administration.