Trump faces backlash after tweets deemed racist

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2:29 | 07/15/19

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Transcript for Trump faces backlash after tweets deemed racist
Okay, Mary, let's bring in Cecilia Vega for more on this. Cecilia, this is about as explicit as the president has ever gotten. Reporter: This one will be tough for people here in the administration to spin and, frankly, impossible to defend. This phrase go back where you came from has a painful history. We know racism against minorities and immigrants in this country is nothing but as you said a president normal lyzing it in such a public way, let's look at it. Birtherism saying Barack Obama was born in Africa in years and launched his campaign saying Mexicans were rapists, some good people and back to charlottesville where he said there were very fine people on both sides. Now what he is doing with these tweets is really harkening back to the age old racist notion that white is American, that people of color are not. That they are other, that immigrants are not part of this country. And he's advocating for an us versus them mentality. You know, while we haven't so far, George, heard from Republicans denouncing these tweets, I will tell you the white nationalists are loving it. One prominent website saying this morning, quote, this is the kind of white nationalism we elected him for. That is really something. As you point out, with the fact that Republicans haven't spoken out even though they did speak out in the past it shows how they've united behind the president, at least Republican leaders have. Meantime, this comes, Cecilia, at the same time last week the president was touting these immigration raids in major cities supposed to take place yesterday. It appears that didn't really Reporter: Yeah, you know, ten large city, this was supposed to happen around the country, 000 some odd undocumented immigrants, they fell far short of expectation, these raids that the president said would happen. There were only a handful of operations that took place around the country. We're told by sources that they looked more like routine enforcement actions. The big question this morning, George, though, is did these raids not happen because the president telegraphed them in advance? You know, we know that leaders in cities where these raids were supposed to happen say the president is purposefully trying to scare these immigrant communities. We know a number of people did not answer their doors. They were coached essentially and told not to answer their doors if I.C.E. Knocked and didn't have warrants. But immigration advocates, George, tell us this threat is still not over. They believe the raids could happen later today or later this week when people head back to work. Okay, Cecilia Vega, thanks very much.

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