Backlash after Trump's racist tweets
The House of Representatives voted tonight to condemn President Trump's racist comments targeting four Democratic congresswomen of color.
The vote came after a tumultuous couple of hours on Capitol Hill including a brief time in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was barred from speaking in the chamber.
Here's how the vote went down:
- About the resolution: It comes after Trump suggested in a series of tweets that the congresswomen — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
- The vote was 240 to 187: Four Republicans and one independent — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan — supported the resolution as well as all Democrats who voted.
- There was a procedural fight over Pelosi's speech: The vote was halted for more than hour during a heated debate over her speech on the House floor. Pelosi violated House rules with her choice of words condemning Trump's racist language, leading to a dramatic series of events ahead of the vote.
- The House voted on Pelosi's words: The Democratic-controlled House voted not to strike Pelosi's comments from the record and to allow Pelosi to speak on the floor of the House again.
- What Pelosi said about her speech: She told reporters she had "absolutely" no regrets for her language describing the resolution.
Rep. Ilhan Omar — one of the four Democratic congresswomen at the center of President Trump's racist tweets —said tonight's vote sends a message to President Trump and kids who are "wrestling with the weight" of his words.
"This is important because we are going to be able to send a clear message," the Minnesota lawmaker said. "Not only to this President that his behavior and his words are not acceptable."
"But we, I think, more importantly are sending a bigger message to the young kids who have heard it every single day. Who are wrestling with the weight of those words now coming from the President, that we hear them, we see them, and we will never allow anybody to tell them that this isn’t their country. And that they are not as valued as every single one of us," she said.
The House of Representatives passed a resolution denouncing President Trump's racist comments targeting four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color.
The vote was 240 to 187.
Four Republicans — Will Hurd, Brian Fitzpatrick, Fred Upton and Susan Brooks — and independent Justin Amash joined Democrats in voting for the resolution.
Some background: On Sunday, Trump suggested in a series of tweets over the weekend that the congresswomen should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
The President's tweets did not explicitly mention the lawmakers by name, but it was clear who Trump was referring to. His comments came on the heels of a public clash between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the four lawmakers, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
The President has continued to defend his remarks amid backlash on Capitol Hill.
While a significant number of congressional Republicans have rebuked the President over his comments, House GOP leadership has come to Trump's defense.
The vote is still open, but so far, four Republicans are currently siding with Democrats on condemnation resolution for President Trump’s racist tweets.
- Rep. Will Hurd
- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
- Rep. Fred Upton
- Rep. Susan Brooks
Note, Rep. Justin Amash, an independent, has also voted for the resolution.
The House of Representatives is voting right now on a resolution to denounce President Trump for "racist comments" targeting four Democratic congresswomen of color.
What's in the resolution: The resolution states that "President Donald Trump's racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color" and "strongly condemns" the President's remarks, including "that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should 'go back' to other countries."
The Democratic-controlled House voted not to strike House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comments on President Trump's remarks from the record.
The vote was 232 to 190.
All the no votes were from Democrats, including one independent — Michigan Rep. Justin Amash. All the yes votes were from Republicans.
One thing to note: Pelosi was ruled to be in breach of House decorum in describing a resolution to condemn President Trump's racist attacks on four congresswomen.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer made the announcement that the House parliamentarian had ruled Pelosi's comments were not in order and should not be used in debate. The breach of decorum led to a vote on whether to strike her words from the record and a separate vote as to whether the speaker should have her speaking privileges for the day reinstated, privileges that are removed if a lawmaker is found not to be in order. (The House voted to allow Pelosi to speak on the floor of the House again.)
What Pelosi said: Speaking on the House floor, Pelosi called the President's remarks "not only divisive but dangerous."
"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," she said.
Pelosi said earlier that she cleared her remarks ahead of time with the parliamentarian.