Sen. John Kennedy questioned the intelligence of several Democratic House freshmen, equating them to people who need instructions on how to use shampoo.
The Louisiana Republican appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight to weigh in on the ruckus between President Trump and “The Squad,” composed of Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the group of liberal congresswomen should “go back” to where they came from for criticizing the U.S. Democrats and some Republicans have since condemned the comments as racist and xenophobic.
“I don’t think President Trump is a racist. I don’t think his original tweet was racist. I think it was a poor choice of words, which is why he clarified,” Kennedy said, pointing out that Trump has since said that anyone who hates America is free to leave.
“I’m not sure the president should exchange playground insults with them. When you try to argue with a fool, that proves there are two. But the president decided to do so,” Kennedy continued. “The simple fact of the matter is that the four congresswomen think that America was wicked in its origins.”
“They are entitled to their opinion. They are Americans. But I’m entitled to my opinion, and I just think they are left-wing cranks and they are the reason that there are directions on a shampoo bottle,” Kennedy said. “I think we should ignore them.”