PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Republican Congresswoman Debbie Lesko defended President Donald Trump after he ignited a week of racially fueled controversies.
On Friday, Lesko, who represents a GOP leaning district in the West Valley, said the president was just pushing back against his critics.
"The Democrat members have called the president a liar-and-chief and called him racist ... they said he's the wizard of the Ku Klux Klan at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.," Lesko said.
She then added, "They do this repeatedly, over and over again, so I think the president is just fighting back."
The president kicked off the week with attacks against four minority congresswomen on Twitter by telling them to go back to where they came from.
All four of the women are U.S. citizens. Three of the lawmakers were born in the U.S. while Somali-born Congresswoman Ilhan Omar became a U.S. citizen when she was 17 years old.
The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday to condemn the attacks as racist along a mostly party line vote.
Lesko disagreed with the resolution and joined nearly every other House Republican to vote against the measure.
"I just dont' think they are racist, I definitely wouldn't have said it myself," Lesko said of the Trump tweets.
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All five of Arizona's Democratic members of congress voted for the resolution, while GOP Reps. Paul Gosar and David Schweikert joined Lesko in opposition.
Rep. Andy Biggs, a Republican from an East Valley district, missed the vote because of personal matters, but a spokesman for his office said he would have voted against it.
One day after the House vote, another racially charged controversy emerged.
During a campaign rally Wednesday in North Carolina, Trump supporters echoed the presidents Twitter attacks when they chanted, "send her back."
Trump later said he disapproved of the chanting that was aimed at Omar.
"I felt a little bit badly about it, but I will say this - I did, and I started speaking very quickly," Trump said Friday.
However, video shows Trump let the crowd chant for 13 seconds before speaking, again.
'When you're in the middle of a rally and there's hundreds of people doing things you know it's a little hard to stop things," Lesko said.