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PoliticsTrump supporters on inflammatory tweets: "That's why I voted for him"

15:00  16 july  2019
15:00  16 july  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Member of Senate GOP leadership says Trump tweets are racist

Member of Senate GOP leadership says Trump tweets are racist Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairwoman Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said Monday that she thinks President Trump's tweets suggesting that minority Democratic lawmakers "go back" to the countries they came from was racist. Ernst was pressed by reporters about Trump's tweets from the weekend when she walked into a weekly leadership meeting in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) office. Asked if she thought Trump's comments were specifically racist, Ernst acknowledged, "Yeah, I do." She reiterated that view when asked on another occasion by a CNN reporter if she found Trump's comments racist. "Uh, yeah.

President Trump has refused to walk back his racist tweets targeting a group of Democratic congresswomen of color in part because he believes his supporters will stand by him. CBS News' Ed O'Keefe spoke to a number of Trump supporters on Monday who say they do.

"I know some people don't like his tweets and they think he's crass. I -- that's why I voted for him," said retired businesswoman Mary Lou Kohlhofer.

Four House Republicans Join Democrats to Condemn Trump Tweets as Racist

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Another supporter, Doug Thomas, said, "It's unfortunate he had to do it the way he had to do it… It's really the only way he can to get this country back."

Nancy Schneider even went so far as to echo the sentiment in President Trump's tweets, saying, "If you think you have it better in your -- where you came from or how they did things there, go back where you came from."

President Trump seemingly targeted Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts – who have dubbed themselves "The Squad" – when he tweeted that "'Progressive' Democratic Congresswomen" should "go back" to their countries. All four of the lawmakers are American citizens and three of them were born in the U.S.

Here are the 4 Republicans who voted to condemn Trump's racist tweets

Here are the 4 Republicans who voted to condemn Trump's racist tweets The House voted 240-187 on Tuesday night to officially condemn racist language from President Donald Trump in a motion that was supported by four House Republicans. Trump on Sunday directed a series of tweets at Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Illhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, saying the four congresswomen of color should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.

The president has made it clear he doesn't mind making his attacks on the congresswomen a 2020 issue. Democratic presidential candidates on the campaign trail get asked everyday —some nearly every few hours — about something the president has done or said. Sometimes they hold back or try to change the subject. Not this time.

Trump supporters on inflammatory tweets: © Credit: CBSNews nfa-okeefe-race-and-the-campaign-needs-track-frame-1638.jpg Former Vice President and Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden said on Monday the tweets were "sickening" and "embarrassing." From day one of his presidential campaign and ever since, President Trump has repeatedly stoked racial tensions from his calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" to his highly controversial Muslim ban. But Biden said it's not just the president who he disagrees with. Asked what he'd say to Americans who might agree with what the president tweeted, Biden said, "I'd say I'm ashamed of them."   "I'd say anybody who's that racist ... I'm ashamed of a racist."

On Monday a senior administration official confirmed that Russia is still meddling in U.S. politics, mostly by through social media, by amplifying division on issues like race. The Trump administration says it has made it clear to Russia to "knock it off" but has not seen sufficient evidence that Russia has stopped.

Trump Defends 'Send Her Back' Chanters with Retweet of Katie Hopkins, Far-Right Commentator Who Called Migrants 'Cockroaches'.
It's not the first time the president has seemingly endorsed the perspective of British commentator Katie Hopkins, who has likened immigrants to rodents and encouraged law enforcement to racially profile the public. Earlier this month, he pushed forward her praise of far-right leaders, sparking a backlash. As critics noted, the president dramatically expands Hopkins' reach on the social media site with each share. For the most part, her missives garner between a couple hundred and a couple of thousand likes; those retweeted by the president have earned tens of thousands.

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