Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) told former Bill Clinton White House spokesman and current ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos there was “no doubt” that President Trump is a racist. Cummings wasn’t done; he added that many of his constituents in Maryland were “scared” of Trump.

Stephanopoulos started the ball rolling by commenting, “The race card has long been part of the Trump playbook, how much farther will he go, at what cost to the country?” He added that Trump had “unleashed, raw, racist politics. It’s a tactic Trump has deployed so many times before, the reaction predictable too.” He introduced Cummings by saying, “Trump’s racial battle lines are drawn, the question now, how will all of us, Republicans, Democrats, the press and the public respond?”

Referencing the “go back” chants targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at a Trump rally last week, Stephanopoulos said to Cummings, “I know you said the events this week reminded you of 1962, you’re 12 years old, trying to integrate a pool in Baltimore.”

Cummings responded:

That’s right, George. We were trying to integrate a Olympic-size pool near my house and we had been constrained to a wading pool in the black community and we tried to integrate it and as we did march towards that pool over a course of six days, I was beaten and all kinds of rocks and bottles thrown at me.

And the interesting thing is that I heard the same kind of chant, go home, you don’t belong here. And they called us the N word over and over and over again. And George, I got to tell you that I’m not the only person of color who have – who has had those kind of experiences.

And what it does when Trump does these things, when the president does these things, it brings up the same feelings that I had over 50 some years ago and it’s very, very painful. It’s extremely divisive and I just don’t think that this is becoming of the president of the United States of America, the leader of the entire world.

Cummings defended the “squad” of Reps. Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), saying, “These are folks and women who love their country … I’m going to tell you, these are some of the most brilliant young people that I have met and I am honored to — to — to serve with them.”

He continued by speaking of Trump featuring the “squad” as representative of the Democratic party:

I know that what it is doing to is for the people who want to see our democracy intact, those people despise these kind of words and hate them. And for every person that was making — saying those kinds of chants and feel the way that the president feels, there are probably two or three for every one of them who feel just the opposite. George, no matter where I go, what I’m hearing over and over again is — from my constituents is please save our democracy, please save our country. And you know something else they say, George? They say I’m scared. And I have not — I’ve never in my total of 37 years in public service ever heard a constituent say that they were scared of their leader.

Stephanopoulos asked, “Do you believe President Trump is racist?”

Cummings answered:

I believe he is — yes, no doubt about it. And — and I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I got to tell you, George — let me tell you, I get — when I think about what he said to these young ladies who are merely trying to bring excellence to government and trying to make sure that generations yet unborn have an opportunity to experience a true democracy, when I hear those things it takes me back, like I said. And — and — and I can still remember bleeding from my forehead when people were throwing bottles — and these were adults, throwing bottles and saying go home [racial slur].

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