Acting White House head of staff Mick Mulvaney confronted pushback from “Fox News Sunday” have Chris Wallace after he guaranteed President Donald Trump’s assaults on legislators of shading have nothing to do with race.
Trump has confronted serious reaction since he slammed Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who is dark, and his larger part dark congressional area that incorporates quite a bit of Baltimore on Saturday.
Cummings’ region “is a disturbing, rodent and rat plagued mess,” the president tweeted in light of the Maryland legislator scrutinizing harsh conditions at transient detainment focuses along the southern outskirt of the U.S. “No person would need to live there.”
Trump’s enemy of Baltimore Twitter tirade came under about fourteen days after he composed that a gathering of Democratic congresswomen of shading known as “the Squad” should “return” to different nations.
“No one articles to the president shielding his outskirt strategies however this appears, Mick, to be the most exceedingly awful sort of racial stereotyping,” Wallace told Mulvaney during their trade on “Fox News Sunday.” “Would he say he is stating individuals who live in Baltimore are not people?”
Mulvaney resolutely guarded Trump, asserting the assaults have “totally zero to do with race.”
“You say it has zero to do with race. There is a clear pattern here, Mick,” Wallace pushed back. He explained:
Before his inauguration, the president tweeted about John Lewis, a black congressman … that he should spend time in his “crime-infested” district. Then two weeks ago he goes after these four members of the Squad ― all women of color ― and says they should go back to the “crime-infested countries from which they come.” Then he talks about Elijah Cummings and says his district is “rat and rodent infested.” Infested. It sounds like vermin. It sounds subhuman. And these are all … members of Congress who are people of color.
But Mulvaney shrugged off the pattern outlined by Wallace.
“I think you’re spending way too much time reading between the lines,” he said, adding that he believes Trump would attack Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) in the same way if he had attacked border conditions as Cummings had.
“It has zero to do with the fact that Adam is Jewish and everything to do with Adam would just be wrong if he were saying that,” Mulvaney said. “This is what the president does. He fights and he’s not wrong to do so.”
Wallace continued to press Mulvaney: “You’re completely comfortable with him saying that this is a rodent-infested district and no human being would want to live there? You’re comfortable with that personally?”
Mulvaney appeared to be unfazed by the president attacking an American city and the people who live in it, responding that he believes “it’s fair” to discuss how “the richest state in the nation has abject poverty like that.”
Democrats, Maryland officials, and Baltimore residents have condemned Trump’s attacks on Cummings and the city with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denouncing them as racist.
Trump fired back at Pelosi in a series of tweets Sunday, claiming Democrats were simply playing the “Race Card” and that the House speaker’s district in San Francisco is “failing badly.”