Democrats call president’s tweets racist
Sen. Chris Murphy declared Sunday that he is unfollowing President Donald Trump on Twitter because the president’s feed “is the most hate-filled, racist, and demeaning” that he sees on the social media site.
“It regularly ruins my day to read it. So I’m just going to stop,” the Connecticut Democrat said in a tweet.
“I can’t believe I just typed that,” he added about unfollowing the president.
Murphy was not the only politician expressing anger at Trump’s tweets this weekend.
On Saturday, Trump used his Twitter account to criticize Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., because the chairman of the House Oversight Committee had decried the administration’s treatment of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump slammed Cummings’ district, which included much of Baltimore city, as a “rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”
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“Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents,” Cummings said in a tweet on Saturday.
The president’s tweets attacking an African-American congressman and a city that is more than 60% African-American were denounced as racist by many, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who was born in Baltimore.
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Earlier this month, Pelosi and House Democrats voted for a resolution condemning as racist the tweets in which the president told four congresswomen to “go back” to their countries of origin.
When asked on ABC News’ “This Week” if a similar resolution might be introduced in response to Trump’s tweets about Cummings and his district, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said, “It wouldn’t be a bad idea.”
Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Sunday on CNN’S “State of the Union” that “it’s unbelievable that we have a president of the United States who attacks American cities.”
“We have rural Republican districts where life expectancy is going down, where downtowns are boarded up, where people are struggling,” Sanders said, pointing at problems in rural and suburban areas of the country too.
He called Trump “a racist president who attacks people because they are African-Americans. That is a disgrace. And that is why we’re going to defeat this president.”
Trump denied that his tweets were racist, arguing, “there is nothing wrong with bringing out the very obvious fact that Congressman Elijah Cummings has done a very poor job for his district and the City of Baltimore.”
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On CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Trump posted his tweets to “push back against what the president sees as inaccuracies” in things Cummings said about the conditions at the border.
Mulvaney echoed the president’s sentiment that Cummings should focus on the problems in this district instead of spending time on the Overight’s Committee’s investigations into the administration.
“Does the President speak hyperbolically? Absolutely,” Mulvaney said. “Have we seen this type of reaction for him before? Yes, and you will again because he pushes back. He fights back when he feels like he’s attacked and what Mr. Cummings said this week was wrong.”
When asked if he understood why people were offended by the tweets, Mulvaney said, “I understand that everything that Donald Trump says is offensive to some people.”
Rep. Will Hurd of Texas – one of four Republicans to vote with Democrats in condemning Trump’s tweets against the four minority congresswomen as racist – said Sunday that the tweets about Baltimore did not rise to the same level.
Hurd said he “wouldn’t be tweeting the same way” and said Cummings is “someone that cares passionately about his community” but, “I think these tweets are different.”
He added that he didn’t expect the Baltimore Orioles would ask Trump “to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game anytime soon.”
Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro said on “Face the Nation” that he is not quick to label someone a racist and “you have to be very careful before you use that word,” but he said there “a pattern” of behavior with Trump.
“This guy is the biggest identity politician that we have seen in the last 50 years and he engages in what’s known as racial priming – basically using this language and taking actions to try and get people to move into their camps by racial and ethnic identity,” said the former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “That’s how he thinks he won in 2016, and that’s how he thinks he’s going to win in 2020.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., was born in Detroit, where her parents, who are Palestinian immigrants, had settled. She was one of the four lawmakers Trump told to return and fix the “crime infested places from which they came” before “telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.”
On “State of the Union,” Tlaib said that “our president has a hate agenda. He doesn’t have a policy agenda.” She said that “hate agenda is now seeping into policy-making,” accusing the president of “making decisions based on profits” for “his friends” and the Trump Organization “versus what is best for the American people.”
Similarly, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, another candidate seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said Trump’s tweets were a racist “bait and switch” from a man with a “con-man reality” that was intended to distract from the “real issue in this country” which he said was “that working people are stuck economically.”