'Racist to the Core': George Conway Unloads on 'Boorish, Dim-witted, Inarticulate, Incoherent, Narcissistic and Insensitive' Donald Trump

George Conway said there is now no doubt in his mind that Donald Trump is racist in the wake of the controversial tweets he sent about four nonwhite congresswomen. Conway had previously given Trump the benefit of the doubt over past inflammatory remarks.

Writing for The Washington Post, the lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway heavily criticized the president for his tweet telling congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley to "go back" to the "crime infested places from which they came" despite all four being U.S. citizens and three being born in the country.

Conway described how he was willing to dismiss the "birther" conspiracy theory, a false claim fueled by Trump that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, as a "silly" idea which had been "latched onto by an attention seeker."

He also said Trump's attack on Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, who the president argued couldn't preside over his Trump University legal case because he's "Mexican" despite being born in Indiana, was "asinine, inappropriate, a terrible attack." Conway also said Trump's "good people" remarks in the wake of the deadly Neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, were "sloppy [and] inarticulate," believing he couldn't possible have intended it to sound as it came out.

"I thought, President Trump was boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive," Conway wrote. "He's a pathetic bully but an equal-opportunity bully—in his uniquely crass and crude manner, he'll attack anyone he thinks is critical of him. No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I still gave him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist. No matter how much I came to dislike him, I didn't want to think that the president of the United States is a racial bigot.

"But Sunday left no doubt," he added. "Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president. Trump could have used vile slurs, including the vilest of them all, and the intent and effect would have been no less clear.

"Telling four non-white members of Congress—American citizens all, three natural-born—to 'go back' to the 'countries' they 'originally came from'? That's racist to the core. It doesn't matter what these representatives are for or against—and there's plenty to criticize them for—it's beyond the bounds of human decency. For anyone, not least a president."

Conway also attacked all the Republicans who have maintained "virtual silence" and failed to condemn Trump for his latest remarks because they "fear his wrath."

"Trump is not some random, embittered person in a parking lot—he's the president of the United States," Conway concluded. "By virtue of his office, he speaks for the country. What's at stake now is more important than judges or tax cuts or regulations or any policy issue of the day. What's at stake are the nation's ideals, its very soul."

When asked by reporters if his tweets were racist prior to his Made in America speech at the White House on July 15, Trump replied: "Not at all."

"If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn't want to be in our country, they should leave."

During his speech, Trump added: "These are people that in my opinion hate our country. Now you can say what you want, but get a list of all the statements they have made and all I'm saying is if they're not happy here, they can leave.

"They can leave, and you know what, I'm sure that there will be many people that won't miss them. But they have to love our country, they're congresspeople and I never used any names."

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President Donald Trump tours his 'Made In America' product showcase at the White House July 15, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla