Trump tweets, rally chant dominate Sunday shows as president continues attacks

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE's allies and critics sparred Sunday over his record on racial issues and his responsibility for a chant that broke out at his rally targeting a minority congresswoman.

At the same time Trump, exactly one week after the first round of tweets targeting four progressive Democratic representatives ignited a firestorm of criticism, re-upped his attacks on Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezObamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Sanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Democrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar raises .1 million in third quarter New California law bans school lunch debt shaming The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPennsylvania candidate would be first autistic woman elected to a state legislature Pressley joins hundreds of activists calling for Kavanaugh impeachment: 'I believe in the power of us' The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump labels Tlaib 'a despicable human being' Tlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment MORE (D-Mich.).

"I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country," Trump tweeted. He also demanded they apologize to America and Israel for unspecified “horrible (hateful) things they have said.”

Trump's allies took to the Sunday talk shows to defend not only his actions over the past week but also his record on race.

"If you want to have a colorblind society, it means you can criticize immigration policy, you can criticize people's views, you can ask questions about where they're born and not have it be seen as racial," Stephen MillerStephen MillerThe Memo: Drip, drip of revelations damages Trump Trump says acting Homeland Security chief McAleenan will step down Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Judge blocks Trump 'public charge' rule | Appeals court skeptical of Trump arguments for Medicaid work requirements | CDC offers guidance for treating vaping-related cases MORE, a top White House aide and Trump speechwriter, told Fox’s Chris Wallace.

Wallace countered, "Can you also say, 'Go back where you came from'?" 


When Miller pointed to Trump’s disavowal the next day of the chants of "send her back" aimed at Omar, Wallace noted Trump had allowed the chant to continue at the time.

The rally was held three days after the initial tweets last Sunday, in which Trump told the four congresswomen of color to "go back" to the "crime infested places" they came from. All four are U.S. citizens and all but Omar were born in the U.S.

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyFury over Trump Syria decision grows George Conway hits Republicans for not saying Trump's name while criticizing policy Furious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria MORE (R-Wyo.) also defended Trump’s attacks on the congresswomen’s patriotism, saying that while the chant was “inappropriate,” it was unrelated to race, gender or religion.

"These members of the House of Representatives — it’s not just these four — fundamentally believe in policies that are dangerous for this nation, and as Republicans we’re going to fight against those," she said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Former White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp echoed Trump himself, disavowing the chants but defending the rally attendees, saying Trump “stands with those people in North Carolina, across the country who support him.”

Both Schlapp and Miller also pointed to low African American unemployment as evidence of Trump's policies benefiting people of color.

Democrats, meanwhile, blasted Trump’s comments and the chants on the Sunday morning talk shows. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill O'Rourke hits back at Buttigieg over criticism of his gun buyback proposal Progressives fume at Buttigieg, warn him not to attack Warren at debate MORE (D-N.J.) said on both CBS’ “Face the Nation” and CNN’s “State of the Union” that Trump was “worse than a racist.”

“He is actually using racist tropes and racial language for political gains, trying to use this as a weapon to divide our nation against itself,” Booker told “State of the Union” guest host Dana BashDana BashCNN faces backlash for video highlighting white congresswomen as impeachment leaders Giuliani pulls out of event featuring Putin: reports Sanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues MORE.

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffEx-Trump aide on Russia testifies for 10 hours as part of impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump to slap sanctions on Turkey for Syria offensive | Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire | Pelosi, Graham seek deal on sanctions | Ex-Trump aide testifies in impeachment probe GOP rep says he was kicked out of Trump aide's deposition MORE (D-Calif.) also took aim at Trump and called the attacks part of a political strategy.

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

House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCracks emerge in White House strategy as witness testifies Overnight Defense: Pentagon insists US hasn't abandoned Kurds | Trump expands sanctions authority against Turkey | Ex-Ukraine ambassador says Trump pushed for her ouster On The Money: Trump announces limited trade deal with China | Appeals court rules against Trump over financial records | Trump expands authority to sanction Turkey MORE (D-Md.) said on ABC’s “This Week” that the tweets left "no doubt” that 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 1960s, Cummings said, adding he heard similar rhetoric when attempting to integrate a neighborhood swimming pool.

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockWarren expresses support for Indigenous Peoples' Day 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the October showdown The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster MORE (D), who has made his potential appeal to red states central to his presidential campaign, said that while he did not agree with all of the congresswomen’s political views, “any parent, any preacher, knows that telling four duly elected congresswomen to go back home, it's racist."

Bullock added that the approximately 13 seconds Trump allowed the rally chant to continue before he began speaking again were “going to be a stain on this presidency.”