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) RyanSix ways to visualize a divided America Six Capitol Police officers suspended, others investigated after Capitol riot Former Ohio GOP chairwoman Jane Timken launches Senate bid MORE (D-Ohio) on Sunday defended his characterization of President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills 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 McConnellKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo MORE’s (R-Ky.) house in Louisville or Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroState Department establishes chief officer in charge of diversity Texas governor faces criticism over handling of winter storm fallout DC bureau chief for The Intercept: Impeachment managers became 'like the dog who caught the car' when permitted to call witnesses 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.