Rep. Elaine Luria calls attacks on Democratic lawmakers ‘racist’

Posted at 4:16 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 18:27:23-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Rep. Elaine Luria called attacks on four Democratic lawmakers racist during a visit to CHKD on Friday afternoon.

"In my mind, it is racist and unfortunate in my mind that that type of language is being used," she said.

Elaine Luria at CHKD

Following a whirlwind week in Washington, Luria hoped to shift the focus back to the issues. "I really want to shift the focus back to the job that we're there to do and not name calling," she said.

Earlier this week, President Trump tweeted four Democrats can "go back" to their countries of origin, even though all are American citizens and three were born in America. Members of the House, including Luria, voted to pass a resolution condemning the tweets.

"I just think that this rhetoric has to stop and it really is unfortunate that we've devolved to personal attacks on legislators," she said.

President Trump has defended himself by saying he doesn't "have a racist bone" in his body. His supporters chanted "send her back" on Wednesday during a rally in North Carolina, referring to Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Luria wanted to talk about healthcare and how the House voted to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. "I think it's important Americans receive an adjustment in pay for the heard work they do," she said. "They should be able to support their families."

With Republicans in control of the Senate and White House, the wage increase is unlikely to become law at this time.

Luria, a Navy veteran, also says she's keeping a very close eye on tensions with Iran. "It's definitely a volatile area, and my main concern is that we don't want to see this inadvertently escalate," she said.