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 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.) said Sunday that he believes President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party 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.