Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said President Donald Trump’s twitter rant against Rep. Elijah Cummings, R-Md., is “different” than the attacks on the four Democratic minority congresswomen known as “the squad.”
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Hurd, refused to condemn Trump’s scathing rebuke of Cummings as a “bully” and his Maryland district, including Baltimore, as “a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess.”
“These are different from the few days ago, when you tell someone to go back to Africa or whatever country, that in essence, because you don't look like them, you're not American and you don't have self-worth,” he said.
“One of the things that we should be doing is we should be talking about bringing opportunity zones to Baltimore to help the community,” he said.
Hurd also said that although he’s “concerned” about former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report outlining lies the president told, he’s worried about Russian interference in U.S. elections.
“He made it clear, this wasn't a one-time event, the Russians are trying to do it even as we sit here, were his words,” he said. “I wish the focus and the attention that has been spent on Mueller report goes into how do we counter disinformation.”
Asked why he supports Trump for re-election, Hurd said it was his “plan is to support the Republican nominee,” touting GOP goals.
“I believe the way we help several problems in the future by powering people not empowering government,” he said. Ultimately, I think we'll maintain and achieve peace in our world is by being nice with nice guys and tough with tough guys. This is the message… resonates not only with Republicans but Democrats and independents as well.”
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