Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) is offering a dubious defense of President Donald Trump’s weekend Twitter rant, claiming the president was simply telling progressive women in Congress to “go back” to their districts.
In an interview with WBAL Radio, Harris claimed the president’s tweets were “obviously not racist.”
“But again, you know, when anyone disagrees with someone now, the default is you call them a racist, and this is no exception,” he said.
Trump came under fire for a Twitter thread directing a group of Democratic congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” on Sunday.
But Harris claims the reaction and condemnation of the president as a racist for telling the members to go back to their countries is simply a misunderstanding.
“Look, ask the president what he meant by it, but clearly it’s not a racist comment,” Harris continued. “He could have meant go back to the district they came from, to the neighborhood they came from.”
“You really believe that he was talking about the district that they came from?” host Bryan Nehman pressed, to which Harris responded “Absolutely.”
“Yeah, they all didn’t come from foreign countries, so you’d have to presume that it was not a country,” Harris added. “But again, the default is always — when someone disagrees with someone nowadays, they call them racist.”
….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
The argument from Harris that Trump wasn’t telling the group of congresswomen to go back to their countries is tenuous at best. Trump stated that the group “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe,” in the sentence immediately before the “go back” comment in question.
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