Trump: ‘I Don’t Know If It’s Good Or Bad To Be Racist, Many People Say it’s Good, I Don’t Care’
President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on four progressive congresswomen of color one day after distancing himself from racial chants he incited at his campaign rally.
Asked whether he believes his xenophobic attacks on Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) are good politically, the president issued a stunning response.
“I don’t know if it’s good or bad politically. I don’t care,” Trump told reporters of his attack against the group of Democratic lawmakers, known as the “Squad,” as he departed the White House for a weekend in New Jersey.
“Many people say it’s good. I don’t know if it’s good or bad,” he continued. “I can tell you this: You can’t talk that way about our country. Not when I’m the president.”
“These women have said horrible things about our country and the people of our country. Nobody should be able to do that, and if they want to do that, that’s up to them,” Trump said. “If the Democrats want to embrace people that hate our country… that’s up to them,” Trump continued. “But I don’t have to do that. I think what they say and what they’ve said is a disgrace to them, to the Democrats and, frankly, to our country.”
The renewed attacks came a day after Trump complained on Twitter that the “crazed” coverage of the “send her back” incident was disproportionate to the airtime given to the congresswomen’s “disgusting statements.”
He also called reports that first lady Melania Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump counseled him in the aftermath of the campaign event “fake news,” and told reporters he would counter the congresswomen’s First Amendment rights to speak out with his own right to respond.
“They can’t get away with that act,” Trump said. “Not the right thing.”