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 CummingsDebate gives Democrats a chance to focus on unaddressed issues of concern to black voters Maloney wins House Oversight gavel The Hill's Morning Report - Wild Wednesday: Sondland testimony, Dem debate take center stage MORE (D-Md.) said Sunday there was “no doubt” President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates 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 StephanopoulosLawmakers spar over upcoming Sondland testimony GOP rep on impeachment: 'I think the evidence is crumbling' Senate Republicans can acquit Trump — but they cannot defend his conduct 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 OmarPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Booker responds to Onion article mocking Buttigieg over stock photo 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-CortezPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Steyer, Biden clash over climate credentials MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyWarren speech in Georgia interrupted by pro-charter school protesters Poll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren Ayanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution 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.”