Congressman Will Hurd is not condemning President Trump for his latest tweets calling Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings a “brutal bully” whose Baltimore-based district has become a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”

Hurd, who’s from Helotes, was among the first Republicans to criticize the President for his “go back” tweets two weeks ago aimed at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other female members of Congress, but he says those comments were different.

“When you tell someone to go back to Africa or whatever country, that’s in essence telling someone because you don’t look like them that you are not American and that you do not have self worth,” Hurd said on ABC’s This Week.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked, “But to focus on an entire city, calling it ‘rat and rodent infested,’ you see no problem with that?”

Hurd replied, “Of course you shouldn’t. I don’t think they’re going to invite him to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game anytime soon.”

He added that the President should be talking about “things that unite us,” such as opportunity zones that give investors tax breaks when they pour money into impoverished areas. The congressman said talking about the issues would help Republicans in the long run.

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