Jul 17, 2019

Trump praises GOP unity after House condemns him for racist tweets

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President Trump said it's "great to see" Republican Party unity after 4 GOP lawmakers sided with House Democrats in a 240-187 vote to condemn him Tuesday for racist tweets against 4 Democratic congresswomen of color.

Details: In his Tuesday night tweets, Trump claimed the quartet said "horrible things" about the U.S., Israel, and "much more." He also tweeted that Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been ruled (initially) "out of order" for calling him "racist" for his "go back" tweets about Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.

Context: The House voted earlier Tuesday against a GOP motion to strike Pelosi's words from the record and to allow her to speak on the House floor again.

  • Before that vote, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II abandoned the chair and left the gavel to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who ruled Pelosi's "words should not be used in debate."

The other side: Republican Reps. Will Hurd, Susan Brooks, Brian Fitzpatrick and Fred Upton voted alongside independent Rep. Justin Amash, who left the GOP this month, to condemn Trump for his racist tweets.

Go deeper: Trump's racist tweets have created a new impeachment problem

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House Democrats relish Trump fight

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Unlike their reluctance on impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership were eager to make a public spectacle of President Trump's racist comments.

What happened: In a blistering floor speech, Pelosi described Trump's tweets as "disgraceful," "disgusting," and "racist," prompting Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins to demand her words be "taken down."

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Trump supporters echo his racist tweets, chanting "send her back"

Trump arrives at the "Make America Great Again" rally at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, North Carolina, on July 17. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Trump supporters chanted "send her back" at a re-election rally on Wednesday, after President Trump listed his grievances with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)

The big picture: The House voted 240-187 yesterday to condemn Trump's racist tweets against the 4 Democratic congresswomen of color, all of whom are American citizens. In his tweets, Trump said the congresswomen should "go back" to where they came from.

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AOC says she's "absolutely" willing to meet with Pelosi

Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The 4 progressive Democrats targeted by President Trump dismissed him as a "bully" over his racist tweets and revealed they're willing to resolve differences with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in an interview broadcast on "CBS This Morning" Wednesday.

Details: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley recorded their first interview addressing Trump's Twitter attacks just before the House condemned him for racism. While they didn't hold back in their criticism of Trump or Republicans, they were more conciliatory toward Pelosi.

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