Jul 16, 2019

House condemns Trump for racist tweets

Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The House voted 240-187 to condemn President Trump's racist tweets against 4 Democratic congresswomen of color on Tuesday, after an embattled argument on parliamentary procedure.

Context: House Republicans attempted to hold Speaker Nancy Pelosi's words out of order on Tuesday, after she said Trump's tweets against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib were racist. Trump said the congresswomen should "go back" to where they came from.

Catch up quick: After nearly 2 hours of gridlock, the House voted against the Republican motion to strike Pelosi's words from the record. "References to racial or other discrimination on the part of the President are not in order," according to House precedent.

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

The other side: Some of Trump's Republican colleagues have spoken out against his tweets attacking the congresswomen. Reps. Will Hurd, Fred Upton, Brian Fitzpatrick and Susan Brooks were the only Republicans to vote in favor of condemning Trump on Tuesday. All House Democrats and 1 independent, Justin Amash of Michigan, voted to condemn Trump.

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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.

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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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