Schiff: Trump 'has decided racism is good politics'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign Officers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez: 'More than enough' votes to prevent infrastructure from passing without reconciliation bill Manchin: 'I can't really guarantee anybody' reconciliation package will pass Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators House passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarProgressives camp outside Capitol to protest evictions Overnight 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 MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressives camp outside Capitol to protest evictions Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans On The Money: Schumer, Warren call on Biden to extend student loan pause | IMF estimates 6 percent global growth this year 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 AmashAmash warns of turning lawmakers like Cheney into 'heroes' Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Biden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' 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.