Schiff: Trump 'has decided racism is good politics'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Schiff pushes back: Defense team knows Trump is guilty MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE's attacks on four progressive congresswomen of color is part of a strategy to embrace racism as a political strategy.

“I think tragically the president has decided racism is good politics," Schiff said on CBS's "Face The Nation."


“There’s a reason he keeps returning to attacking these women of color and the rhetoric that he uses that. The crowd’s ugly, racist chant didn’t materialize out of nothing: it came from the president’s own tweet and words and incendiary rhetoric."

“This wasn’t a one off either, this was the same president who said there we good people on both sides of a neo-Nazi rally. This is who he is and he thinks it’s a winning political strategy.” 

President Trump last Sunday sparked backlash by telling the four first-year lawmakers — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters Moore defends Sanders's reputation: 'We don't want the fake, and the phony and the fraudulent' MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power Pressley says she 'would welcome the opportunity' to educate DeVos after abortion, slavery comparison Massachusetts governor apologizes after calling Pressley speech a 'rant' MORE (Mass.) — to "go back" to the where they came from before criticizing U.S. policies. All four are U.S. citizens.

He has since doubled and tripled down on the remarks, saying the four progressive women of color "hate America."

The House on Tuesday voted to condemn Trump's tweets as racist. Four GOP lawmakers, as well as Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashSanders co-chair: Greenwald charges could cause 'chilling effect on journalism across the world' Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE (Mich.), joined every Democrat in approving the resolution.

Several Democrats, like Schiff, have said the tweets were intentionally meant to stoke anti-immigrant sentiment among white voters ahead of the 2020 election.