Asked if Melania Trump approves of his racist tweets targeting congresswomen of color, President Trump told ABC News White House correspondent Karen Travers that first lady does agree with his line of attack.
“Did the first lady approve of your tweets about the congresswomen?” Travers asked the president.
“The first lady feels very strongly about our country,” Trump replied.
“The first lady thinks that it’s horrible what they said about Israel and horrible what they said about our country, these congresswomen,” he added. “They cannot call our country and our people garbage. They can’t be anti-Semitic.”
Trump then accused the Democratic congresswomen of using the phrase “evil Jews,” insisting that they were the real racists.
He continued: “They can’t talk about evil Jews, which is what they say, evil Jews. That’s what the first lady thinks.”
Asked if Melania Trump approves of his tweets targeting congresswomen of color, Pres. Trump tells @karentravers, "The first lady feels very strongly about our country" and "thinks it's horrible what they've said about Israel, and horrible what they've said about our country." pic.twitter.com/BgxNYysQDM
— ABC News (@ABC) July 19, 2019
“You know what is racist to me? When somebody goes out and says the horrible things about our country, the people of our country, that are anti-Semitic, that hate everybody, that speak with scorn and hate — that to me is really a very dangerous thing,” Trump told reporters.
“I think these four congresswomen, and I can say some worse than others, but if you look at the statements that they have made, when they call the people of our country and our country garbage, when they hit Israel the way they have hit Israel so hard, so horrible, I think to me that is a disgrace. We should never forget it. We’re dealing with people that hate our country.”
CNN’s fact-checker Daniel Dale noted that the congresswomen have never used the “evil Jews” phrase.
Trump falsely claims the congresswomen have talked about "evil Jews," adding, "That's what they say, evil Jews." None of them have said that. Omar once tweeted that Israel has committed "evil doings."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 19, 2019