Schiff: Trump 'has decided racism is good politics'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSupreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records Democrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote McConnell, White House lawyer huddle on impeachment strategy MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed 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-CortezDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez to hold campaign rallies in Los Angeles, Las Vegas Overwhelming majority say social media companies have too much influence: poll MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair 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 AmashGroup of House Democrats reportedly attended the White House ball Group of Democrats floating censure of Trump instead of impeachment: report Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing 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.