The Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives has condemned racist attacks by President Donald Trump against four Democrat MPs.
240 MPs voted for a resolution on Tuesday (local time), including four Republicans and independent MP Justin Amash, who had recently left the party.
187 MPs voted against the non-binding declaration. The Republican leadership had previously backed Trump. Before the vote, chaotic scenes took place in the congress chamber.
The US president had tweeted several democrats in a tweet on Sunday to go back to their supposed home countries and solve the problems there instead of giving the US good advice.
Trump had not mentioned any names in the message, but clearly hinted at a group of four emerging Democratic MEPs in the House of Representatives: Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. Three of them were born in the USA. Although Omar was born in Somalia, he was naturalized as a teenager in the United States.
Democrats have sharply condemned the president’s attacks in recent days. With the resolution, they wanted to force the republicans to take a position against the statements. The statement states that Trump’s “racist remarks” legitimized and reinforced hatred for people with foreign roots and other skin colors.
The resolution also criticizes how the US President describes immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders”. The text has no prospects of being accepted in the Senate, in which the Republicans have the majority.
Democratic Chamber Chair Nancy Pelosi had previously urged the Republicans in a speech to support the statement and to “condemn the president’s racist tweets.” Rep. Doug Collins then wanted Pelo’s comments on Trump to be dropped from the minutes. He argued that they violated the rules of the House of Representatives. Then it came to chaos, because both sides provided a back and forth about procedural issues. The vote was delayed.
The Republican party leadership had previously kept silent on Trump’s remarks and stood behind him on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on all sides to hold their tone. The rhetoric across the political spectrum is heated, the tone is not good for the country, he said. Multiple queries as to whether Trump’s tweets are racist dodged McConnell. But he said the president is not a racist.
Representative Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy denied the allegation that the President’s news was racist. He believed the debate was ideologically and politically motivated. Critics accuse the Republicans of silencing verbal failures by the president and approving them.