Rep. Rashida Tlaib, one of two Muslim women serving in Congress, called on President Trump to speak out more strongly against white supremacists in the wake of last week's New Zealand mosque shootings.
"The leadership, the administration — when they continue to stay silent, it’s going to increase," she told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State Of The Union."
In response to President Trump's statement that white nationalists are "a small group of people that have very, very serious problems," Tlaib said: "He needs to pick up the phone and call the Department of Justice."
"He cannot just say it’s a small group of people," she said. "There are too many deaths."
"He needs to do better by us and the country," she later added. "He needs to speak up and condemn this very loud and very clearly."
REP. RASHIDA TLAIB: He needs to pick up the phone and call the Department of Justice. There are real data and information of the rise of white supremacy right here in this United States of America. He needs to look at the data and information and facts and actually listen and understand the tremendous responsibility he has in being our president.
Our leader of our country. He cannot just say it’s a small group of people. There are too many deaths. Not only from the synagogue to the black churches to the temples to now the mosques, we need to be speaking up against this, and it has to start with him. Reiterating the importance of real information and data that says it’s on the rise. You can’t justice say it isn’t when the facts say the opposite.
He needs to do better by us and the country. He needs to speak up and condemn this very loud and very clearly.