House of Representatives condemns Trump’s ‘racist' tweets

The tweets attacked four Democrat congresswomen

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The US House of Representatives has voted to denounce tweets by president Trump telling four congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from.

The resolution “strongly condemns” the president’s remarks aimed at four Democrat congresswomen, saying his “racist comments have legitimised fear and hatred of new Americans and people of colour”.

However, the largely symbolic measure carries no legal repercussions for the president.

It passed the House with the support of all Democrats, but only four of Trump's Republican Party supported it.

Democrat House majority leader Nancy Pelosi was briefly barred from speaking during the vote as the chamber discussed whether calling Mr Trump “racist” was against the rules.

After over an hour of debate the Democrat-controlled House decided not to strike Ms Pelosi’s comments from the record and allowed her to speak again.

Mr Trump ignited controversy over the weekend when he suggested a number of Democrat congresswomen should “go back” to their “broken and crime-infested” countries.

Three of the women are US-born, and the fourth was born in Somalia but came to America as a refugee when she was a child.

The president has fought back against Democrats who have called the comments “racist”, saying he has not got “a racist bone in his body”.

“So great to see how unified the Republican Party was on today’s vote concerning statements I made about four Democrat congresswomen,” he said.

“If you really want to see statements, look at the horrible things they said about our Country, Israel, and much more.”

Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said the president was not racist, and called on Congress to attack ideas instead of those who hold them.

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