Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill are reacting to President Trump’s tweets on Tuesday.
Some background: The President used racist language to attack four congresswomen this weekend, implying that they weren’t born in America and suggesting, “they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Today, he has been defending the tweets saying they are not racist and if the congresswomen are not happy in the US, they could leave.
Here’s what lawmakers had to say:
Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the Senate HELP Committee and a retiring member, told CNN that when it comes to Trump’s tweets, they aren’t productive, but he won’t say they are racist.
“Those are things I wouldn’t say. I think it’s better to talk about making our country better and what is wrong with the left-wing proposals of the people on the other side of the aisle.”
But, are the comments racist?
Alexander did not respond.
Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, told CNN off camera that the President should be the “uniter in chief.”
“He thinks it’s good politics and it is a sad state of affairs that any President thinks it is good politics to divide the nation and use racist, bigoted remarks for political gain.”
Menendez said he is surprised that his Republican colleagues have not been more outspoken.
“There is a time in which you have to be a patriot, not a partisan and when the language by this or any other President is clearly racist, bigoted and xenophobic, is left un-responded to by all, then it only emboldens him –– that silence is not just acquiescence, it can be interpreted beyond acquiescence, can be interpreted as support,” Menendez said.
Rep. Jim McGovern, a Democrat who leads House Rules Committee, said: “I don’t care if you are a Democrat or Republican. If people utter racist remarks, they ought to be condemned.”