Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has been relatively quiet on the drama surrounding “the squad” on Capitol Hill, but he was finally reached for comment Monday by The Cincinnati Enquirer.
“That’s not something I would say, and I think it’s divisive, unnecessary, and wrong,” Portman told the outlet in a brief statement.
His comments, of course, were in response to President Donald Trump’s controversial tweets issued over the weekend.
“Why don’ they go back and help fix the totally broken and crimes infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough,” Trump said of the squad, which includes Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05), who’s from Somalia.
“The president has shown repeatedly since the Central Park Five to questioning Obama’s birth to Charlottesville that he’s a racist. And he’s almost proud of it. The way he talks. It’s just very sad,” Brown added in a conference call with reporters Monday.
Former Republican Gov. John Kasich has been making the rounds on cable news to attack Trump for his comments, and even called on “preachers” to denounce Trump from the pulpit.
What message does it send our kids when we don't speak out against hateful language. Do we want them telling other kids, "Go back where you came from?" It's outrageous.
If the GOP is afraid of Trump's retribution, why don't they speak with one voice to condemn this behavior? pic.twitter.com/k119FcmbhZ
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 16, 2019
“I’m a believer that if people of all stripes, not just Republicans, Independents, Democrats, but preachers, preachers as well, begin to say this is not our country,” Kasich said on CNN Monday night, but didn’t exactly finish his thought. “This rhetoric, this anger, this division violates that basic covenant that America was founded upon.”
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