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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett Schiff10 questions for Robert Mueller Court filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments House passes annual intelligence bill MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: ‘Send her back’ chant ‘inappropriate’ but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is ‘worse than a racist’ Top Democrat insists country hasn’t moved on from Mueller MORE‘s attacks on four progressive congresswomen of color is part of a strategy to embrace racism as a political strategy.

“I think tragically the president has decided racism is good politics,” Schiff said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”

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“There’s a reason he keeps returning to attacking these women of color and the rhetoric that he uses that. The crowd’s ugly, racist chant didn’t materialize out of nothing: it came from the president’s own tweet and words and incendiary rhetoric.”

“This wasn’t a one off either, this was the same president who said there we good people on both sides of a neo-Nazi rally. This is who he is and he thinks it’s a winning political strategy.” 

President Trump last Sunday sparked backlash by telling the four first-year lawmakers — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez tears into Trump’s immigration agenda: ‘It’s about ethnicity and racism’ George Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump #IStandWithErica trends after Georgia Democratic lawmaker says she was told to ‘go back where you came from’ MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibLiz Cheney: ‘Send her back’ chant ‘inappropriate’ but not about race, gender Chris Wallace presses Stephen Miller on ‘send her back’ chant at Trump rally Trump campaign aide says president ‘a compassionate man’ and ‘not a racist’ MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarLiz Cheney: ‘Send her back’ chant ‘inappropriate’ but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is ‘worse than a racist’ Chris Wallace presses Stephen Miller on ‘send her back’ chant at Trump rally MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyLiz Cheney: ‘Send her back’ chant ‘inappropriate’ but not about race, gender Trump campaign aide says president ‘a compassionate man’ and ‘not a racist’ Trump campaign aide defends tweets: Congresswomen made ‘very disturbing statements’ MORE (Mass.) — to “go back” to the where they came from before criticizing U.S. policies. All four are U.S. citizens.

He has since doubled and tripled down on the remarks, saying the four progressive women of color “hate America.”

The House on Tuesday voted to condemn Trump’s tweets as racist. Four GOP lawmakers, as well as Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashLiz Cheney: ‘Send her back’ chant ‘inappropriate’ but not about race, gender Trump doubles down, says progressive congresswomen ‘should apologize to America’ ESPN reminds employees to avoid political talk after host blasts Trump: report MORE (Mich.), joined every Democrat in approving the resolution.

Several Democrats, like Schiff, have said the tweets were intentionally meant to stoke anti-immigrant sentiment among white voters ahead of the 2020 election.

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