GOP Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio Calls Trump Tweets ‘Racist’


Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH-10) joined the mainstream media and the Democratic Party in condemning President Donald Trump’s tweets about four freshmen Democratic Congresswomen. Turner threw down “the race card” Monday on Facebook.


The tweets from the president that started the row said:

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……….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…… is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”


The President’s tweets did not mention race. Congressman Turner, CNN, MSNBC, USA Today, Joe Biden and dozens more politicians and media sources did. So did the four Congresswomen.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) has been calling President Trump a racist since early January — just three days after she was sworn into office.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) did not wait that long. She attacked President Trump as a racist in December 2018.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05)  said the  border wall is racist and retweeted a message that painted all Trump supporters as racist.

“This is what racism looks like,” tweeted Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) this week after the dust up started.


On the Republican side, a handful of Never Trumpers called out the president for his remarks. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) were two of them, and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich also commented, saying the president’s words were “deplorable and beneath the dignity of the office.” But no GOP politician called President Trump’s tweets “racist” except for Turner.

Congressman Turner’s ideological history is not aligned with President Trump’s Tea Party-like agenda. In fact, Turner is a member of the Soros-funded and union-backed Republican Main Street, an anti-Tea Party organization started by former moderate Congressman Steve LaTourette of Ohio.

Turner is not the only Ohio member of Republican Main Street. Current Ohio Congressmen who are also members include Troy Balderson (R-OH-12), Bob Gibbs (R-OH-07), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-14), Bill Johnson (R-OH-06), LaTourette’s hand-picked replacement David Joyce (R-OH-14) and Steve Stivers (R-OH-15).

In addition to Turner’s membership with the anti-Trump group, he and his fellow Main-Streeters have all received “F” ratings from Conservative Review (except Balderson whose record is too new). Turner is the second lowest rated Ohio Republican by the American Conservative Union, third lowest of all federally elected Ohio Republicans by FreedomWorks, and tied for last place with David Joyce by Heritage Action for last session.


House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23) disagreed with Congressman Turner’s assessment. McCarthy and Republican leaders said in a press conference Tuesday that the president’s comments were not racist.

“I believe this is about ideology, this is about socialism versus freedom…it’s all politics,” said McCarthy.

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Beth Lear is a reporter at The Ohio Star.  Follow Beth on Twitter.  Email tips to [email protected].






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2 Thoughts to “GOP Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio Calls Trump Tweets ‘Racist’”

  1. The 10th Congressional District of Ohio needs to Primary Turner for his “Racism” remark about the President. I challenge anybody to show me WHERE the President made even a smidgeon of reference of Racism in his tweets about these four VULGAR, Anti-American Congress women. COWARD RINO’S like Turner and Portman need to be sent packing from our Congress. If you don’t have the nerve Congressman to stand up for truth and love of the greatest country ever devised on earth, then you need to leave Government.

    1. Deb

      I agree 💯. We need true red conservatives. They need to support our President, he enough bs to put up with