In the wake of a call by Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for official condemnation for President Trumps racially-charged comments, House Republican leaders have stood by President Trump, saying that the outrage from the left is “all about politics” and suggesting it’s being used to revive an impeachment push.
“They talked more about impeachment than anything else,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, referring to Monday’s fiery press conference with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. “We should get back to the business of America.”
The battle between Trump and congressional Democrats over his weekend tweets has become all-consuming, effectively putting everything else on the backburner.
One thing that can be said for sure is that the President’s incendiary comments, have at least for now, united the fractured Democrats. Nancy Pelosi herself has been embroiled in a feud for weeks with those self-same freshman congresswomen – the so-called “squad.” But now, after Trump’s perhaps misguided tweets, telling them they should “go back where they came from,” Pelosi and the entire cadre of House Democrats have been forced to rally around the Squad.
A Floor Vote Condemning the Presidents Tweets
In a House Democratic Caucus meeting Tuesday morning, Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear her support for the four freshmen amid these attacks — just days after she and Ocasio-Cortez were trading jabs in dueling media interviews.
“These are our sisters,” Pelosi said, according to an aide in the room.
Democratic leaders prepared a resolution condemning Trump’s remarks, and in a floor vote the resolution passed, albeit clearly along party lines. The resolution passed largely along party lines — 235 Democrats joined by only four Republican supported the measure — following hours of back-and-forth and gamesmanship between Republicans and Democrats, which included a GOP objection to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s remarks about Trump and whether she would be allowed to keep speaking on the floor.
The four Republicans who voted for the resolution, which “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color,” were Will Hurd of Texas, Fred Upton of Michigan, Susan Brooks of Indiana and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania.
However, most of the rank and file GOP refused to condemn the President.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. said he did not believe that Trump’s tweets were racist. “I believe this is about ideology, this is about socialism versus freedom,” McCarthy said, adding that the four congresswomen “talked more about impeachment than anything else” at a news conference Monday where they responded to the President.
“This is more from their base. It’s about politics, and it’s unfortunate,” he said. “We should get back to the business of America.”