(CNSNews.com) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper” on Sunday that President Donald Trump is trying to “make America hate again” with his rhetoric.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted for unnamed progressive Democrat congresswomen to go back and fix the “broken and crime infested places from which they came, then come back and show us it is done.”
“So, here's the bottom line on what Trump is doing with that tweet today. He said he would make America great again. What he's trying to do is make America hate again. This is another effort to divide people along the lines of religion, ethnicity, origin, and create a country where there can't be unity. He's doing the most unpresidential thing possible by constantly looking for every way to divide people, but it is a political strategy,” de Blasio said.
“Jake, unfortunately, there's an American tradition of telling people to go back where they came from. It's a very bad tradition that we need to weed out of our nation, because we are a nation of immigrants. That's who we are by our nature for hundreds of years, but you don't expect to hear it from the president of the United States,” the mayor said.
“Let's give him points for consistency. What he's doing with that tweet, what he's doing with the ICE raids, Jake, it is all one political strategy, to keep people divided to the maximum extent possible, gin up his base, and take people's eyes off all of the other things going on, the fact that so many middle-class and working-class people are not doing well in America, the fact that he's about to pass a new NAFTA treaty, which will continue to hurt Americans,” de Blasio said.
“These are the kinds of things that Trump does. He baits and switch. All the time, it is a bait-and-switch move, and what it's going to do, I think, is get a lot of people angry, because they realize that they're being lied to about their lives, and it's a purposeful attempt to divide people,” he said.
Trump tweeted Saturday:
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.
Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”