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 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 there was “no doubt” President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit 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 StephanopoulosThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week Sunday shows - Jan. 6 investigation dominates Senate Republican 'not happy' with Pelosi plan to delay infrastructure vote 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 OmarOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy 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-CortezWomen's March endorses Nina Turner in first-ever electoral endorsement Grassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water Ohio becomes battleground for rival Democratic factions MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOn The Money: Schumer, Warren call on Biden to extend student loan pause | IMF estimates 6 percent global growth this year Schumer, Warren call on Biden to extend student loan pause and wipe out K per borrower Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy 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.”