Most GOPer’s have remained silent….
But some have begun to speak out…
President Trump’s attacks on four minority Democratic lawmakers have created a rift in the GOP, putting many Republicans on the defensive.
Most are seeking to steer clear of the firestorm, but a few GOP lawmakers came out against Trump’s suggestion that the four women of color “go back” to their home countries, even though all are U.S. citizens.
One of the strongest denunciations came from Rep. Will Hurd (Texas), the only African American House Republican, whose district has a large number of Hispanic residents. He blasted Trump’s tweets as “racist” and “xenophobic” in a CNN interview.
He called the president’s remarks “unbecoming of the leader of the free world.”
Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.), the lone African American Republican in the Senate, characterized Trump’s language as “unacceptable” and “racially offensive.”
The president’s comments also drew rebukes from GOP lawmakers facing tough reelection campaigns.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is seeking another term in a state that voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, urged Trump to delete his tweets attacking the Democratic lawmakers and implying they’re not real Americans.
“I disagree strongly with many of the views and comments of some of the far-left members of the House Democratic Caucus … but the President’s tweet that some Members of Congress should go back to the ‘places from which they came’ was way over the line, and he should take that down,” Collins said in a statement.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said Trump was “wrong” to say the four Democrats — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) — go back to the countries where they are from.
“Three of the four were born in America and the citizenship of all four is as valid as mine,” Toomey said.
But other GOP lawmakers were more timid in their efforts to steer Trump away from stoking racial resentment….