Joe Kennedy condemns ‘us against them’ mentality of Trump administration on ‘The Daily Show’

"Almost every single policy decision you have seen come out of this administration from day one pits American against American."

Rep. Joe Kennedy speaks in support of transgender members of the military on Capitol Hill in July.

Rep. Joe Kennedy denounced President Trump on The Daily Show Wednesday for pushing policies and a mentality that he said divides the country.

Host Trevor Noah asked the Massachusetts Democrat about Trump’s support of GOP legislation that would place new limits on legal immigration and create a point-based system for those seeking to become legal permanent residents.

“It is, once again, I think yet another example of where the president and this administration have decided that somehow, for some reason, our country today is ‘us against them,’” Kennedy responded. “Whether it’s immigration policy, whether it’s the budget, whether it’s a health care bill, whether it’s deciding who gets into college, almost every single policy decision you have seen come out of this administration from day one pits American against American.”

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The part that’s most “dispiriting and dangerous” for the country, he said, is that it’s “someone’s” definition for “making America great.”

“That somehow we are at our best when we are divided, when we are fighting with each other, when you are trying to compete against somebody else to get to some zero sum game,” Kennedy continued. “And by your succeeding you’re putting some other American down.”

The congressman said he doesn’t believe in that mentality. And he doesn’t think most Americans want that division, either.

“I think there are real big challenges out there that we have to confront,” he said. “But you do that — you win — when you get 320 million Americans pulling for each other and fighting for each other and knowing that we’re not going to leave you behind.”

Watch the full Daily Show interview here.

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