Four Republican representatives have joined Democrats to vote for a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s recent tweets on four congresswomen of color, which are labeled “racist.”
The House voted 240-187 to approve the resolution on Tuesday night, July 16, CNN reported.
Only four Republicans and one independent voted “Yea” for the resolution, together with all 235 Democrats. The remaining 187 Republicans in the House voted “Nay.”
Those Republicans supporting the resolution included Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.).
President Trump on July 14 directed his tweets at four freshmen representatives at the House, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Illhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, suggesting these progressive Democrat congresswomen “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.then come back and show us how …”
A number of Democrats have called the president’s tweets “racist comments” and composed a resolution to vote on it. The text of the resolution “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the president like immigrants, should ‘go back’ to other countries.”
President Trump, however, has stood by his tweets, saying: “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) defended President Trump, telling reporters at a press conference on Tuesday that “the president is not a racist.”
In a tweet on July 16, President Trump praised the Republican Party for their unity in the vote.
“So great to see how unified the Republican Party was on today’s vote concerning statements I made about four Democrat Congresswomen. 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. 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 commented about the vote.