In the wake of the fallout over President Trump‘s tweets where he targeted progressive congresswomen and told them to “go back to their countries,” Fox News White House Correspondent John Roberts confronted Trump regarding his views and how they align with white nationalist ideology.
During a press conference at the White House on Monday, Trump continued his attacks against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, prompting Roberts to point out that white nationalists are finding common cause with his rhetoric.
“Does that concern you that that tweet was seen as racist?” Roberts asked before going on to mention that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested Trump should “aim higher” when it comes to speaking about Democratic politicians.
“I disagree with Lindsey,” Trump replied. “These are people that hate our country. Hey John, they hate our country. They hate it, I think, with a passion.”
The president appears to think Lindsey Graham was literally telling him to "aim higher" with his attacks.
"These are congresswomen. What am I supposed to do, just wait for senators?"
"What am I going to do, wait until we get somebody else in a higher position, a higher office?" pic.twitter.com/uVcgDxxQdo
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) July 15, 2019
Roberts pressed Trump on the issue, again bringing up the fact that many perceived the series of tweets as racist.
“Does it concern you that many people saw that tweet as racist, and that white nationalist groups are finding common cause with you on that point?” Roberts said.
“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump replied.
“And all I’m saying, they want to leave, they can leave,” Trump continued. “Now, it doesn’t say leave forever. It says leave … if they’re not happy with the United States, if they’re doing nothing but criticizing us all the time, you see these people walking down criticizing the United States, we just hit the highest stock market in history. All of these incredible manufacturers that are in — these are great businesspeople, they employ many people and we have workers with us too — they’re having the best year they’ve ever had. Can I say that, is that a correct statement?”
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