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) RyanHouse passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay Tim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections MORE (D-Ohio) on Sunday defended his characterization of President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt 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 McConnellMcConnell: 'It never occurred to me' convincing Americans to get vaccinated would be difficult The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE’s (R-Ky.) house in Louisville or Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroLawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals House Democrats reintroduce bill addressing diversity at State Department Julian Castro joins NBC and MSNBC as political analyst 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.