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President Donald Trump defended tweets that suggested unnamed congresswomen “go back” to their countries of origin, but House Democrats planned to introduce a resolution to denounce his remarks as racist.
Republican lawmakers also criticized the president after he didn’t back down from the tweets.
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Trump, speaking to reporters Monday at a White House event, noted that he “didn’t mention names” in his tweets Sunday.
But many inferred that Trump’s tweeted reference to “‘Progressive’ Democratic Congresswomen” who should return to where they “came from” and “help fix” those “totally broken and crime infested places” was aimed at four House Democrats in particular: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
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Some pundits refer to the four women, all critics of both Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as “the squad.” Of the four, only Omar was born outside the United States.
In response, Pelosi, D-Calif.–who had been locked in a clash with the four freshmen last week–tweeted that the president’s tweets confirmed that he wants to “make America white again.”
Monday - Pelosi - Resolution - President - Words
On Monday, Pelosi backed a resolution to condemn the president’s words in a letter to House colleagues.
“The House cannot allow the president’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand,” Pelosi’s letter says. “Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets. Please join us in supporting a forthcoming resolution.”
House - Democrats - Resolution - Members - United
The House Democrats’ resolution is sponsored by members born outside the United States. It refers to President Ronald Reagan’s final speech as president, when the Republican standard-bearer said: “Thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we’re a nation forever young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge, always leading the world to the next frontier. … If we ever...
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