- The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday afternoon on a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments” against four Democratic congresswomen.
- Four Republican representatives voted to pass the resolution, with a majority of the party, 187, voting nay.
- The resolution passed 240-187, with six Republicans not voting.
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The House of Representatives gathered Tuesday evening to pass a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments” against four members of Congress after he tweeted that the congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Trump’s comments, which he posted on Twitter on Sunday, targeted the freshman “squad” of Democratic lawmakers consisting of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Three of the four women were born in the US. Omar fled civil war in Somalia, came to the US when she was 10 years old, and became a US citizen at age 17.
Four Republican representatives voted to pass the resolution despite Trump’s appeals to GOP lawmakers to “not to go along,” The Associated Press reported.
The resolution passed 240-187, with six Republicans abstaining from the vote. Here are the four Republicans and one independent who voted with Democrats to pass the resolution, which doesn’t carry any legal consequences.
Rep. Will Hurd of Texas
GOP Rep. Will Hurd was one of the few Republicans to respond to Trump’s tweets. In an interview with CNN on Monday, he called them “racist and xenophobic.” He added that Trump’s comments reflect “behaviour that’s unbecoming of the leader of the free world.”
Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
Rep. Fred Upton tweeted on Monday in response to Trump’s tweets, saying he is “appalled” by them and that they were “flat out wrong and uncalled for.”
After the vote took place on Tuesday, Upton said in a tweet, “Today’s resolution was targeted at the specific words that frankly are not acceptable from a leader in any work place large or small.
“If we’re going to bring civility back to the center of our politics, we must speak out against inflammatory rhetoric from anyone in any party anytime it happens. America embraces diversity, and that must continue.”
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, who has previously made efforts to separate himself from Trump, said in a tweet, “The language and tone being used by so many in our country needs to change. … Democrats and Republicans need to start treating each other respectfully and like human beings.”
Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana
Republican Rep. Susan Brooks, who is retiring as a lawmaker at the end of her term, previously criticised Trump’s racist remarks.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the Indiana representative said, “As Americans, there is more that unites us than divides us. The President’s remarks to my colleagues across the aisle are inappropriate and do not reflect American values. ALL of our elected officials need to raise their level of civility in order to address the serious issues facing our country.”
Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan
Rep. Justin Amash, who is now an independent, previously said in a tweet that Trump has “engaged in impeachable conduct,” which prompted his departure from the Republican party on July 4.
In a tweet on Sunday, Amash called Trump’s statements about the congresswomen “racist and disgusting.”
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