MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott on Wednesday weighed into President Donald Trump's latest tweet controversy.
Gov. Phil Scott
At Scott's weekly press briefing, he called Trump's recent tweets about four Congresswoman offensive, racist and not what he expects from the leader of our country.
The governor says tweets and subsequent statements mirror words used throughout history meant to discriminate, degrade and divide. He says whether they were racist remarks or a strategy for the next election, he condemns them equally.
Scott says he hopes that this is a teaching moment to show that words matter. He also called attention to the fact that children are hearing and seeing what political figures like the president are saying and doing.
"They're learning from us, and they want to be just like us. What they need to know is that racism and hate speech are unacceptable, which is why it's important to call out these statements for what they are," Scott said.
Scott says the president and Congress need to stop the back and forth arguing and find a way to work together and solve the problems everyday Americans face.
He says he doesn't know the president well enough to say he is a racist. He also says he's not trying to lead the GOP on the issue, but instead standing up for what he believes in.
New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is staying out of the fray for now. Asked for his reaction Tuesday, Sununu told reporters he thinks the rhetoric coming out of Washington is "toxic and offensive" but declined to comment specifically about Trump.