President Donald Trump has reacted to the House vote condemning his tweets, as the ‘squad’ of freshman Congresswomen at the center of his ire blasted him in a new interview.
‘So great to see how unified the Republican Party was on today’s vote concerning statements I made about four Democrat Congresswomen,’ Trump tweeted on Tuesday night.
He added that the four Democrats, Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, were ‘the top, most visible members of the House Democrats, who are now wedded to this bitterness and hate.’
‘The Republican vote was 187-4. Wow! Also, this was the first time since 1984 that the Speaker of the House was ruled Out of Order and broke the Rules of the House. Quite a day!’ he continued.
Trump reacted to the House vote to condemn his recent remarks by praising the Republican members for unity and again blasting the ‘squad’ of freshman Congresswomen
Speaker Nancy Pelosi was ruled out of order, throwing the chamber into chaos, after saying of the president: ‘These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and these comments are racist.’
The vote was 240 in favor with 187 opposed. Four Republicans and Justin Amash, the Republican lawmaker turned Independent, voted with Democrats to condemn the president.
Meanwhile, the four freshman lawmakers at the center of the controversy gave a new interview with CBS This Morning, which is set to air on Wednesday morning.
‘I’m dealing with the biggest bully I’ve ever had to deal with in my lifetime and trying to push back on that and trying to do the job that we all have been sent here to do, which is centered around the people at home,’ Tlaib said when asked what she thought when she saw Trump’s tweet urging the four to ‘go back to where they came from.’
‘This is a distraction,’ Tlaib added. ‘This is a person that really wants to vilify, demonize not only immigrants, but even communities of color.’
CBS This Morning’s Gayle King (left) interviews the ‘squad’ in a segment set to air Wednesday
Tlaib (above) called Trump ‘the biggest bully I’ve ever had to deal with in my lifetime’
Asked if she thought Republicans had spoken up enough to condemn the remarks, Ocasio-Cortez replied: ‘Absolutely not.’
Tlaib decried ‘the normalization’ of Trump’s remarks as well as ‘the fact that it’s against our core American values. That they’re choosing him over country.’
Trump had told the group of congresswomen on Sunday to ‘go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.’
All four lawmakers are U.S. citizens. Three were born in the United States, while Omar was born in Somalia.
Democrats, who have a majority in the House, passed the resolution on Tuesday evening, which said the House ‘strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.’
Trump’s attacks on the four progressive congresswomen – known as ‘the squad’ – have been viewed as an effort to divide Democrats, who won control of the House in 2018 and have the power to thwart his legislative agenda.
Asked if she thought Republicans had spoken up enough to condemn the remarks, Ocasio-Cortez (above) replied: ‘Absolutely not’
Pelosi, who has struggled at times to work with the progressive newcomers in her caucus, staunchly defended them in the debate. After the vote, Omar held a long, animated conversation with Pelosi on the House floor and put her arm around the speaker, the top elected U.S. Democrat.
‘These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and these comments are racist,’ Pelosi said. ‘Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets.’
Pelosi’s comments put the House into a two-hour limbo after Republicans argued she went too far in her comments and broke debate rules.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy criticized Democrats for remarks that upset the ‘order and decency’ of the chamber, saying: ‘Today is the day that historians will write about.’
Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the president a ‘racist’ on the House floor. The remarks were ruled out of order under parliamentary procedure
Some Republicans defended Trump’s tweets, like Tom McClintock of California, who said the president was commenting on the patriotism of the congresswomen, not their race.
‘I wish the president were more temperate in the words he sometimes uses and I agree that the tone of his recent remarks was unnecessarily provocative. But his central point is irrefutable,’ McClintock said.
Republican Representative Doug Collins of Georgia said lawmakers should be pursuing reconciliation rather than escalating attacks against Trump, condemning the ‘breathtaking partisanship of today’s exercise.’
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that he thought ‘everybody ought to tone down their rhetoric.’
‘The president is not a racist and I think the tone of all of this is not good for the country, but it’s coming from all different ideological points of view,’ McConnell said.