The House of Representatives is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump's "racist comments" directed at four congresswomen of color, who he told to go "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
While the House resolution does not explicitly call Trump a racist, it does refer to his "racist comments" twice.
"Now, therefore, be it Resolved, that the House of Representatives - 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, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as ‘‘invaders,’’ and by 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."
On Sunday, Trump touched off the firestorm in Washington after referring to a group of progressive Democratic congresswomen in a series of tweets in which wrote they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
"So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run," Trump wrote in a series of three tweets.
"Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," the president continued. "Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough. I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!"
While not mentioning them by name, the president appeared to be referring to Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) , Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). Three of the congresswomen were born in the United States, while Omar, moved to the United States when she was 12-years-old as a Somali refugee.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), who sponsored the House resolution, said of Trump's comments that they were "a reality show for him; the reality for us is that this is causing violence. And that's what I want people to come together around."
"This is not really about Trump," Malinowski added. "This is about us — it's about who we are in this institution and what we stand for and what we believe.”
When Trump was asked on Monday by reporters whether he was concerned that his comments were being categorized as racist, he replied that "It doesn't concern me because many people agree with me."
On Tuesday morning, Trump doubled-down on his denial that his tweets were racist, writing that Congress should instead be taking action on "filthy language" by the congresswomen.
The four democratic lawmakers held a joint press conference Monday afternoon to respond to Trump's comments.
"This is the agenda of white nationalists, whether it is happening in chat rooms or happening in national TV. And now it's reached the White House garden," Rep. Omar said, calling Trump's attack on them "blatantly racist."
"This president operates in complete bad faith," Ocasio-Cortez said. "He does not know how to defend his policies, so instead he attacks us personally. That’s what this is all about”
Ocasio-Cortez said she and her colleagues aren't going anywhere.
"We don't leave the things we love," Ocasio-Cortez said, and "we love all people in this country."
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