Biden, Warren, Sanders and Other 2020 Candidates Stand Together In Calling Trump 'Racist, Xenophobic' Over 'Go Back' Tweet

2020 candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Cali.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and nearly every other Democratic presidential hopeful stood together in calling Donald Trump a "racist" on Sunday after the president urged four progressive congresswomen to "go back" and "help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Responding to Trump's remarks, former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been consistently polling in at number one among 2020 candidates in recent months, tweeted: "America's strength is and has always been rooted in our diversity. But President Trump continues to spew hateful rhetoric, sow division, and stoke racial tensions for his own political gain.

"Let's be clear: Racism and xenophobia have no place in America," the 76-year-old Democrat added.

Biden's sentiment was shared by every other 2020 Democratic candidate polling above 2 percent, who either called Trump a "racist" or condemned the president in some form for his remarks.

"When I call the president a racist, this is what I'm talking about. We must stand together for justice and dignity towards all," Sanders tweeted, citing Trump's tweet.

"Let's be clear about what this vile comment is: A racist and xenophobic attack on Democratic congresswomen," Warren, who has recently risen to second place in various polls, tweeted. "This *is* their country, regardless of whether or not Trump realizes it. They should be treated with respect. As president, I'll make sure of it."

"Let's call the president's racist attack exactly what it is: un-American," Harris added, alongside screenshots of Trump's tweets.

When asked by reporters at the annual Progress Iowa Corn Feed whether he considers Trump's tweet as "racist," South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg said: "Yes, I do."

"As an immigrant and a citizen, my dad cared deeply about this country," Buttigieg added. "Once, when he was speaking at a campus protest against Reagan's accommodation of apartheid, a passing student noticed Dad's brown skin and unique accent and called out: 'go home!' He answered: 'I am home.'"

Trump, on Sunday, referenced an ongoing feud between four freshman progressive congresswomen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, and Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and urged the freshman lawmakers "who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe" to "go back" to "help fix the totally broken and crime infested places."

Although Trump didn't specifically name any of the congresswomen, most agreed that his comments were directed at the four lawmakers, collectively referred to by some as the "Squad." Despite the president's claim that they were all foreign-born, only one — Omar — was born outside of America. Omar became a U.S. citizen when she was 17.

Read other 2020 Democratic candidates' responses to Trump's tweet below:

You don’t belong here.
You’re not one of us.
Go back to where you came from.

We've heard this our whole lives. Now we hear it from the Oval Office. If you're sick of it too, support the women who are leading the fight against Trump every day in Congress.

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 14, 2019

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people's lives,
We must take back our land again,

- Langston Hughes, Let America Be America Again

— Michael Bennet (@MichaelBennet) July 14, 2019

This makes me sick. @realDonaldTrump continues to divide the country and is now attacking women of color serving in Congress. Shame on him. Real leaders bring us together, not tear us apart.

— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) July 14, 2019

Donald Trump is a coward and a racist. We need to make sure he’s nothing but a blip in history.

— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) July 14, 2019

This is reprehensible, racist, and xenophobic. It is unacceptable for the President of the United States to tweet something like this. Period.

— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) July 14, 2019

This is racist. These congresswomen are every bit as American as you — and represent our values better than you ever will.

— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) July 14, 2019

These racists attacks on my colleagues shouldn’t come as a surprise. Trump has shown us who he is. A racist who’s goal is to incite fear and hate to divide us at every turn.

We must stand united.

— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) July 14, 2019

This is white nationalism.

— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) July 14, 2019

What a racist man you are, @realdonaldtrump. Dividing our country for your own political gain? @AOC, @RashidaTlaib, @Ilhan, and @AyannaPressley are bringing new ideas and bold leadership for ALL Americans. Kick and scream all you want: they represent our future.

— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) July 14, 2019
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Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) take part in the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. The candidates, along with other 2020 hopefuls not photographed, stood together on Sunday in condemning President Donald Trump as a "racist" over his controversial "go back" tweet. Drew Angerer/Getty