Cummings: 'No doubt about it' Trump is a racist

Cummings: 'No doubt about it' Trump is a racist
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House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCan the Democrats unseat Trump? Democrats slam alleged politicization of Trump State Department after IG report Senior Trump officials accused of harassing, retaliating against career State Dept. employees MORE (D-Md.) said Sunday there was “no doubt” President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE was a racist amid fallout over Trump's tweets attacking four congresswomen of color.

“No doubt about it,” Cummings said, when asked by ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosTrump allies defend attacks on Cummings amid Democratic denunciations De Blasio: Democratic debates should address 'why did we lose and what do we do differently' Nadler: Resolution condemning Trump's Cummings tweets 'wouldn't be a bad idea' MORE if Trump was a racist.

“I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt but when I think about what he said to these young ladies who are merely trying to bring excellence to government … when I hear those things it takes me back” to the era of segregation in the early 1960s, Cummings said on ABC’s “This Week.”

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Cummings compared both Trump’s tweets telling the four representatives, all of whom are American citizens, to “go back” to other countries and a subsequent chant of “send her back” at a North Carolina rally in reference to Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarWorld Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show A lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair Tlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bulls--- purity test' MORE (D-Minn.) to his own experience in Baltimore, when he was attacked in 1962 while  trying to integrate a swimming pool.

“I heard the same kind of chants, ‘Go home, you don’t belong here,’” Cummings told Stephanopoulos. “I’m not the only person of color who has had those kind of experiences.”

Cummings also defended the four representatives, three of whom – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOmar says US should reconsider aid to Israel Pro-Trump Republican immigrant to challenge Dem lawmaker who flipped Michigan seat 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibWorld Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever A lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' MORE (D-Mass.) — sit on the oversight committee.

“I interact with them every day. These are women who love their country,” Cummings said. “They work very hard and they want to move us toward that more perfect union that our founding fathers talked about.”