Schiff: Trump 'has decided racism is good politics'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump: Jews who vote Democrat show 'lack of knowledge or great disloyalty' Are Democrats turning Trump-like? Schiff offers bill to make domestic terrorism a federal crime MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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."

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“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-CortezPoll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMaher hits back at Tlaib: Does she 'want to boycott 93 percent of her own party?' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMaher hits back at Tlaib: Does she 'want to boycott 93 percent of her own party?' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna Pressley'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib Trump slams Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban: I don't buy her tears 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 AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to Trump 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.