Dem Congressman: 'We Just Have to Admit Donald Trump' Is an 'Absolute Racist'

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August 11, 2017

Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego (Ariz.) repeatedly criticized President Donald Trump for not condemning a mosque attack in Minnesota and called him an "absolute racist."

The comments came from a short interview with radio host and Mediaite contributor Dean Obeidallah.

Gallego's comments centered around the Trump administration's lack of condemnation of a recent bomb attack against a mosque in Minnesota.

Gallego said it would go a long way for the president and other politicians to say "we will protect you, we will do anything we can to protect you like any other citizen."

"It's not fair that we're making these young men and women think that we don't want them in our country. It's not fair to them that we allow them to live in fear," Gallego said.

"It's disappointing that Trump doesn't show any leadership—doesn't even attempt to do it on his own—for someone who will tweet about anything that he see's like a leak ... but he won't tweet about this," Gallego said.

"If this was a Muslim attacking a Christian church he would have been all over it right away," Gallego added.

The Arizona Democrat then called Trump a racist and said those who work for him likely are too.

"At the core, we just have to admit Donald Trump himself is a racist. He is an absolute racist. And we cannot be surprised if the people he's surrounding himself with are also racists," Gallego said.