Asked if she thought Trump’s comments were specifically racist, Ernst acknowledged, “Yeah, I do.”
She reiterated that view when asked on another occasion by a CNN reporter if she found Trump’s comments racist.
“Uh, yeah. They’re American citizens,” she said, referring to Trump’s suggestion that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), who all identify as racial minorities, go back to the counties they’re from.