President Donald Trump on Tuesday asserted that his tweets about four freshman congresswomen were not racist, calling on “Republicans should not fall into their trap.”
“Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” Trump posted on his fanpage.
The president criticized the “so-called vote” on the resolution as a “Democrat con game,” sending a message to Republicans to vote against the measure.
“Republicans should not show ‘weakness’ and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat,” he said.
Trump also repeated his belief that the four Democratic lawmakers “hate our Country.”
This follows the incident when he made a series of tweets on Sunday suggesting “progressive Democrats go back and fix ‘broken and crime infested places’ they came from?”
The president questioned whether Democrats should “want to wrap” themselves around this group of four people as he recited a list of the quartet’s most controversial statements.
“Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party,” he wrote Tuesday, adding: “See you in 2020!”
The House plans to vote on its resolution against Trump’s comments later Tuesday. 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.”
Meanwhile, House GOP leaders are urging members of their conference to vote against this resolution of Democrats.
“House GOP leadership is formally recommending a no vote on the resolution,” a spokesperson for House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told The Hill.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Tuesday he doesn’t believe the president’s comments were racist. McCathy added he believes Democrats are playing politics instead of focusing on substantive issues. He plans to vote against the resolution and is encouraging his colleagues to do the same.
“It’s all politics. If you look at the resolution itself, and you look at the rules of the House, you can’t even name the resolution on the floor,” he said at a press conference.
“If this is the case of what they are concerned most about let’s go through every comment individuals have made on the other side of the aisle — are we bringing the resolution up on the floor about their comments? No.”
No. 3 House GOP leader Liz Cheney of Wyoming said the four Democrats “are wrong when they attempt to impose the fraud of socialism on the American people.”
Earlier, President Trump tweeted Monday afternoon, “The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four ‘progressives,’ but now they are forced to embrace them. That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!”
Includes reporting from The Associated Press.