Rep. Rashida Tlaib, one of the two Muslim women serving in Congress, called on President Trump to speak out more strongly against white supremacists in the aftermath of last week's shootings in New Zealand in Moscow.
"The leadership, the administration – if they remain silent, it will increase," she told CNN & Jake Tapper about "State Of The Union".
In response to President Trump's statement that white nationalists "are a small group of people who have very, very serious problems," Tlaib said, "He must answer the phone and call the Justice Department."
"He can't just say it's a small group of people," she said. "There are too many deaths."
"He needs to do better because of us and the country," she added later. "He must speak and condemn this very loud and very clear."
REP. RASHIDA TLAIB: He must answer the phone and call the Ministry of Justice. There is real data and information about the rise of white supremacy here in this United States of America. He needs to look at the data and information and facts and really listen to and understand the enormous responsibility he has to be our president.
Our leader of our country. He can't just say it's a small group of people. There are too many dead. Not only from the synagogue to the black churches to the temples to the mosques, we must speak to this and it must begin with him. Repeating the importance of real information and data that says it is on the rise. You cannot say that it is not the case when the facts say the opposite.
He has to do better, both through us and through the country. He must speak and condemn this very loudly and clearly.