Nancy Pelosi Corners Republicans By Forcing Them To Vote On House Resolution Condemning Trump’s ‘Xenophobic Tweets’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday put Republicans on the spot by announcing a House resolution to condemn President Trump for tweeting that four Democratic congresswomen of color should “go back” to their countries, even though all are U.S. citizens.
“The House cannot allow the President’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats announcing a “forthcoming” resolution from Reps. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.), who was born in Poland, Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), and other Democratic members who were born abroad.
“This weekend, the President went beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress,” Pelosi added. “Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values.”
In his tweets, directed at freshmen Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Trump suggested they “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, is a naturalized citizen and the only one among the four who was born outside the U.S.
Pelosi defended the progressive lawmakers on Sunday after Trump’s tweets.
“When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again,” Pelosi tweeted. “Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.”
The resolution could pose a test for the growing number of GOP lawmakers who are criticizing Trump for his weekend remarks.
Republican leaders in the House and Senate have yet to comment on Trump’s tweets.
Trump has not retreated from his initial remarks. On Sunday evening, he doubled down after Pelosi defended the four freshmen lawmakers.
“So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, ‘RACIST,'” Trump tweeted.
“Their disgusting language and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged. If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior, then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!” Trump added.
Trump later said his tweets were “not at all” racist.
“Not at all,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday when asked if his tweets about the lawmakers were racist. “If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn’t want to be in our country, they should leave.”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is also drafting a resolution to condemn Trump for his tweets. A spokesman for Jackson Lee said that her office is in discussions with House leadership.
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