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

President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel 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-CortezGrassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight 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 Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Overnight Health Care: Fauci clashes with Paul - again | New York reaches .1B settlement with opioid distributors | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of US COVID-19 cases Duckworth, Pressley introduce bill to provide paid family leave for those who experience miscarriage MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water Ohio becomes battleground for rival Democratic factions 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 MillerTrump to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' 'Just say we won,' Giuliani told Trump aides on election night: book Stephen Miller contends no president dealt better hand than Biden 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'?" 

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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 CheneyMcCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel Pelosi taps Kinzinger to serve on Jan. 6 panel 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 BookerCongress can make progress on fighting emissions with Zero Food Waste Act Scott: 'There is hope' for police reform bill Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law 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 BashKey Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package Klobuchar: If Breyer is going to retire from Supreme Court, it should be sooner rather than later Sunday shows - Surgeon general in the spotlight as delta variant spreads MORE.

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Lobbying world 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 CummingsFormer Cummings staffer unveils congressional bid McCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee Five big questions about the Jan. 6 select committee 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 Bullock65 former governors, mayors back bipartisan infrastructure deal Arkansas, New Jersey governors to head National Governors Association Biden 'allies' painting him into a corner 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.”