US President Donald Trump was criticized by the US House of Representatives formally on Tuesday after the president brought xenophobic attacks on four minority Democratic lawmakers and hostile language targeting immigrants. He was pushed back over the accusation of racism.
Top Republican leaders supported Trump but four members of the president’s party voted with the 235 Democrats to criticize him for
“racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”
Trump tweeted on Sunday telling a group of progressive Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to other countries. The resolution also takes the president to task for “referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as ‘invaders.'”
The President has a long history to white suspicions about other ethnic groups, and the resolution criticizes him for “saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”
In the 435-member House, Democrats are large in number but they are outnumbered by Republicans in the Senate, where the resolution is supposed not to be considered. All of the four Democratic lawmakers are U.S citizens. Three were born in the United States while Omar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and became a U.S. citizen as a teenager.
Trump did not stop here, he made more provocative comments on Monday and Tuesday. “Our Country is Free, Beautiful and Very Successful. If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” the president tweeted. Trump’s remarks were condemned by Democratic leaders who stood beside the lawmakers- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley.
He slammed the “so-called vote” as a “Democrat con game,” and urged his fellow Republicans not to “show ‘weakness’ and fall into their trap.”
“Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” Trump contradicted.
“This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country,” the president wrote.
Trump took a jibe at the House speaker who had a tenuous relationship with the four left-leaning first-term congresswomen saying “Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party.”
Before the vote, while talking on the House floor, Pelosi said, “Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets.”
“To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people,” he added.