CNN Focus Group Of Republican Women Voters: Trump Right That AOC and Friends Hate America

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CNN: CNN's Randi Kaye speaks to a group of Republican women who say they don't have a problem with President Trump's racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color. All say they plan on voting for Trump in 2020.

"He was saying that if they hate America so much because we are seeing out of them, we're hearing out of them is that they hate America. If it's so bad, there is a lot of places they can go," one voter explained Trump's tweets.





"Let me just share with you the definition of racism from Merriam Webster dictionary. A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities, and that racial differences produced an inherent superiority of a particular race. Base on that definition, do you not think what the president has been saying [is racist]?" CNN's Kaye asked.

"We know the president is not racist. He loves people from likes Hispanics and white people all across the board," one voter said.

"Do you think it's just a coincidence that these four congresswomen that the President is going after, none of them are white?" a concerned Kaye asked the group.

"They're going after him," a woman said.

"Exactly," another said.

"I don't think it matters," one other said.

RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: How many of you don't think what the president said was racist, raise your hand?

(voice-over): These eight Republican women from Dallas don't see anything wrong with President Trump telling four Democratic congressman to go back where they came from.

DENA MILLER, REPUBLICAN: He was saying that if they hate America so much because we are seeing out of them, we're hearing out of them is that they hate America. If it's so bad, there is a lot of places they can go.

SHARON BOLAN, REPUBLICAN: I'm a brown-skinned woman. I am a legal immigrant. I agree with him

KAYE (on camera): You don't think that's racist to say it?

BOLAN: No, not at all.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it's a demonstration of how their ideology spills over. Even though they are American now so to speak, they are not acting American.

GIAN O'BRIANT, REPUBLICAN: I'm glad that the president said what he said because all they are doing is they are inciting hatred and division and that's not what our country is about. We -- it is not about that at all.

KAYE: Isn't that what the president does out with some of his own comments, his own racist comments?

O'BRIANT: But he didn't say anything about color.

CAMI DEAN, REPUBLICAN: We know the president is not racist. He loves people from likes Hispanics and white people all across the board.

KAYE: Let me just share with you the definition of racism from Merriam Webster dictionary. A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities, and that racial differences produced an inherent superiority of a particular race.

Base on that definition, do you not think what the president has been saying [is racist]?

(CROSSTALK)

O'BRIANT: No, he dated a black woman for two years. Two of his wives are immigrants. He is not a xenophobic racist.

DENA MILLER, REPUBLICAN: First, the black billionaire is endorsing President Trump.

O'BRIANT: Yes.

MILLER: How can you call him racist?

RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (on camera): So these congresswomen, who said they ran for Congress, ran for office because they explicitly love this country, you're saying that's a lie?

MILLER: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So they say.

MILLER: Yes, that is a lie.

KAYE: You're saying they hate this country?

MILLER: Yes.

KATHLEEN LIEBERMAN, REPUBLICAN: Do you ever (INAUDIBLE), it's claiming that they're very manipulative to accuse as a -- instead of extracting the truth.

KAYE: It's a tactic.

LIEBERMAN: Because when you say, you know, don't you think he's racist? You're accusing us. You're accusing him.

KAYE: I'm asking. I'm not accusing. I'm asking you what you think.

LIEBERMAN: But you're being tough. OK, it's no relevant. It has nothing to do with the real issue. It has nothing to do with the premises of issues here.

KAYE: Exactly.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And whenever someone --

(CROSSTALK)

KAYE: The color of the four.

PEACHES MCGUIRE COATES, REPUBLICAN: Why do you keep bringing that up?

KAYE: Do you think it's just a coincidence that these four congresswomen that the President is going after, none of them are white?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He is for --

O'BRIANT: They're going after him.

COATES: It's the ideology.

MILLER: Exactly.

COATES: I don't think it matters.

O'BRIANT: Yes.

COATES: But it's idiotic, what they're saying. So, it doesn't matter whether they're white, man, woman, brown, yellow, anything.

MILLER: I wish that there was a white one that they -- I'm wondering, if they're not racist, how come they haven't befriended one of their white female congresswomen colleagues and let her join --

O'BRIANT: Because they won't.

MILLER: They don't like white people, come on. They're racist.

KAYE: How many of you still plan to vote for President Trump?

O'BRIANT: Absolutely.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Absolutely.

KAYE (voice-over): Randi Kaye, CNN, Dallas.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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