House vote condemns Trump

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 18 Jul 2019

The US House of Representatives has condemned Donald Trump for attacks on four Democratic lawmakers and hostile language targeting immigrants.

Republican leaders rallied around Trump, but four members of his party voted with 235 Democrats to condemn him for "racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."

One independent lawmaker also supported the measure, which hits at Trump's tweets telling 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.'"

And it criticizes him for saying "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."

Democrats hold a majority in the 435-member House but are outnumbered in the Senate.

The four congresswomen - all but one US-born - are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African-American descent.

Trump has stuck by the provocative comments, tweeting on Tuesday: "If you hate our country or if you are not happy here you can leave!"

Democratic leaders denounced Trump's remarks and rallied around Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley. Omar is the only one born outside the United States.

But Trump followed up with the claim: "Those tweets were NOT racist. I don't have a racist bone in my body!"

His attacks appear to be aimed at galvanizing a white electoral base for the 2020 presidential vote, and they would seem to be working, with his approval rating among Republicans up five percentage points to 72 percent, though his overall rating remained at 41 percent.


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