WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The Democrats, in response to President Trump’s tweets against Democrat congresswoman, decided to introduce a resolution to formally condemn his statements as racist.
- The House Republicans were united in their vote, however, with 187 voting against it and only four voting for its approval.
- Trump praised the Republican party and stood by his statements that the four congresswomen are only full of ‘bitterness and hate.’
In response to President Trump’s recent tweets targeting four Democrat congresswomen, the Democrats introduced a resolution that formally condemns the said statements as “racist.”
But the House Republicans made a show of unity by voting against it, drawing some praise from the president on Tuesday night.
Trump tweeted, “So great to see how unified the Republican Party was on today’s vote concerning statements I made about four Democrat Congresswomen.”
He continued, “The Republican vote was 187-4. Wow! Also, this was the first time since 1984 that the Speaker of the House was ruled Out of Order and broke the Rules of the House. Quite a day!”
He also pointed out, “If you really want to see statements, look at the horrible things they said about our Country, Israel, and much more. They are now the top, most visible members of the House Democrats, who are now wedded to this bitterness and hate.”
Trump had remarked in a series of tweets that the four lawmakers — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — should just “go back” to the countries they came from.
All four were women of color, but they were all U.S. citizens. Only Omar, a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the States.
The remarks immediately received backlash, even from some Republicans.
The resolution was then announced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and passed on Tuesday evening.
The Democrats had experienced some bitter infighting between the centrist and progressive wings, but the resolution united them. It also provided Democrat leaders a chance to pressure Republicans into denouncing Trump’s statements.
But the vote ended as 240-187. Only four Republicans — Reps. Susan Brooks (Ind.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Will Hurd (Texas) and Fred Upton (Mich.) — voted for the resolution’s approval.
The vote also followed a tense situation in which Pelosi was rebuked by the House parliamentarian. Pelosi had blasted Trump, and her comments were seen as a violation of the rules forbidding lawmakers from directly attacking the president on the House floor.
The resolution was initiated following a growing outcry from the Democrats. In a press conference held on Monday evening by the four congresswomen targeted by Trump, the lawmakers fired back at Trump, with Omar renewing the call for impeachment.
Source: The Hill