Democratic lawmakers respond to Trump's 'go back' tweets

President Donald Trump also doubled down on his racist tweets, saying, "A lot of people love it by the way. A lot of people love it."
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First the fallout from president trump's racist tweets targeting four congresswomen. The president is not back down as Democrats prepare to vote to officially condemn his comments. We're covering all the angles. Vague Cecilia starts us off at the white house. Reporter: Not only is the president not backing down he is reupping his attacks to those four American congresswomen. His message crystal clear, if you don't like it here, leave. The four democratic congresswomen at the center of a political storm are firing back. This is the agenda of white whether it is happening in chat rooms or it's happening on national TV and now it's reached the white house garden. Reporter: The group united against the president and his racist tweets telling them to go back where they came from. Sadly this is not the first nor will it be 9 last time we hear disgusting bigoted language from the president. Reporter: All women of color, all American citizens, three of them born in the United States. Congresswoman ilhan OMAR a somali refugee has lived in this country since she was 12 years old and in the wake of his attack, she turned it back on the president. It is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery out of our constitution. It's time for us to impeach this president. Reporter: But president trump is not backing down either. At the white house he dug in. They hate our country. They hate it I think with a passion. As far as I'm concerned if you hate our country, if you're not happy here, you can leave. That's what I said in a tweet which I guess some people think is controversial. A lot of people love it, by the way. A lot of people love it. Reporter: Among those who love it, white nationalists who are now praising the president's tweets but president trump said he doesn't mind. Does it concern you that many people saw that tweet as racist and that white nationalist groups are finding common cause with you on that point? It doesn't concern me because many people agree with me. Reporter: The congresswomen accusing the president of trying to distract from the issues facing the country. This is a distraction and we should not take the bait. Reporter: Congresswoman Alexandria ocasio-cortez offering a stark message to the next generation. I want to tell children across this country is that no matter what the president says, this country belongs to you. And it belongs to everyone. Reporter: So this firestorm is not likely to die any time soon. The president heads to north Carolina on Wednesday for a campaign rally. He clearly plans to make this controversy part of his argument to say that Democrats are attacking his base on this one and one campaign aide tells us that the president's strategy is to point out that many Democrats say terrible things about this country and, George, we can very much expect this one to be part of this race for 2020. The president wants us to keep on going and pretty distinct contrast to how the administration dealt with inside the president's comments after charlottesville. They seem to have embraced them as an effective political tactic. Reporter: Publicly or privately I'm not talking about anyone here in this white house in this administration who will offer a forceful defense of what the president said but no one is willing to go on the record and say that these are racist and that tells you a lot also. There was very much a sense here yesterday that the president wanted to get out in front of this one. You can see from this "The Washington post" picture his talking points that he brought with him out to the white house lawn. On those talking points, he said that this -- I should say this was an event about made in America, the president came out there prepared to address these in these tweets, he wanted to stress that the women have a record of saying anti-semitic and anti-american things. You can see that there on that picture, George. Thanks very much.

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