Tim Ryan: 'White supremacists think that Donald trump is a white supremacist'

Tim Ryan: 'White supremacists think that Donald trump is a white supremacist'
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Presidential candidate Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanBiden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report Tim Ryan jokes he's having 'dance-off' with Andrew Yang The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape MORE (D-Ohio) on Sunday defended his characterization of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE as a white supremacist in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

“The white supremacists think that Donald Trump is a white supremacist,” Ryan told “Fox News Sunday” guest host Bill Hemmer. “I would just say when you look at this kid in El Paso, he was saying similar things to what President Trump has said.”


The suspect in the shooting, which left at least 22 people dead, told police he sought to kill “Mexicans” and has been tied to a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto decrying a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Numerous Democratic candidates have tied the language to similar rhetoric from Trump on immigration.

Hemmer went on to ask Ryan if he condoned protesters who demonstrated outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi, Schumer press for gun screenings as Trump inches away The malware election: Returning to paper ballots only way to prevent hacking First House Republican backs bill banning assault weapons MORE’s (R-Ky.) house in Louisville or Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroThe exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Juan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts Texas Democrats tap Joaquin Castro to deliver key address MORE’s (D-Texas) tweet of publicly available data about donors to Trump’s reelection campaign.

“There should be zero tolerance for that kind of rhetoric. I think going to people’s homes is out of bounds,” Ryan responded. “You keep it civil, you keep it in the public discourse.”

However, the Ohio congressman added, Trump is “the first one to torch the joint on Twitter and start a fight.”

“I’m ready for America to come together and heal around issues where about 90 percent of us agree,” he added.