Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers who have condemned President Donald Trump’s attack on his former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.
“And I can tell him, ‘Shame on you, the fact that you are comfortable, on a national platform, to address a woman in that way. Shame on you,’” Lawrence said Wednesday night on CNN’s “Erin Burnett Out Front.”
Trump called Manigault a “crazed, crying lowlife” and a “dog,” in a Tuesday morning tweet.
Lawrence said she took the president’s choice of words personally.
“To hear this is insulting,” she said. “And then we have the president of the United States, who took an oath to serve, protect, defend, and here he is destroying relationships and not having the political understanding or compassion to understand the power and the damage his words make every single time he does it. It is so frustrating.”
“And you are the President. And unfortunately, you’re my President, too,” Lawrence said. “And I’m telling you, I always think he’s hit rock bottom. This is totally unacceptable.”
Trump’s comments have forcefully denounced by Democrats as tinged with racial and misogynistic connotations.
Republicans who have spoken out have been more tempered. They include Sen. Orrin Hatch, of Utah Republican, who said on Wednesday that he was “not comfortable” with Trump’s name-calling. Similarly, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, said, “This kind of language is unbecoming of a President of the United States.”
“There is no excuse for it, and Republicans should not be OK with it,” Flake said.
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