Wednesday, July 17, 2019

House Democrats—and Four Republicans—Condemn Trump Tweets, Falsely Calling Them Racist

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On Tuesday night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to condemn President Donald Trump's recent tweets attacking "The Squad" of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). The president did indeed go too far in attacking these far-left Democrats, but his tweets were not racist.
H.Res. 489 passed 240-187, with every Democrat voting for it along with one Independent, Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), and four Republicans: Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.).
The resolution begins with a long list of quotes about the value immigrants bring to America and the nature of the U.S. as a beacon for the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free." It insists that "American patriotism is defined not by race or ethnicity but by devotion to the Constitutional ideals of equality, liberty, inclusion, and democracy and by service to our communities and struggle for the common good."
After the long sermonizing, the resolution states that Trump's "racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."
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, 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."
Read the rest from Tyler O'Neil HERE.

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