ABC NEWS: House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said that chants at a Trump rally on Wednesday were the echo of chants he heard as a child attempting to integrate a pool.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The president's determined to make the squad the face of the Democratic party right now. There’s been some -- we’ve seen some pretty ugly politics this week, but are you worried that it might work for the president and his party?
CUMMINGS: No, I’m not -- I’m not worried at all because I know that what it is doing too 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: Scared of their leader? Scared of the president of the United States?
CUMMINGS: Of the United -- president of the United States, that's exactly right.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you believe president Trump is racist?
CUMMINGS: And I’ve been in politics for 37 years. Go ahead. What did you say?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you believe President Trump is a racist?
CUMMINGS: 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 nigger.
And -- and -- and it just -- and again, there’s the -- he -- the president has to set the tone. He needs to be a role model. I would say to the president right now -- right now, Mr. President, we want you to be a role model, we want somebody in that White House who our children can be proud of, who are children can emulate, who our children will look up to, and that is not the kind of example that you're setting, and I’m telling you, Mr. President, you and we, our nation is better than that.