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 RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden speaks out amid Ukraine controversy MORE (D-Ohio) on Sunday defended his characterization of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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.”

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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 McConnellTrump urges GOP to fight for him Senate Dems signal they'll support domestic spending package Trump's top picks for Homeland Security chief are ineligible for job: reports MORE’s (R-Ky.) house in Louisville or Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroLawmakers argue for national Latino museum The Hill's Campaign Report: Impeachment fight to take center stage at Dem debate The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising 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.