House votes to condemn Trump tweets

WASHINGTON - The Democratic-led House has voted to condemn President Donald Trump's tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back" to their countries of origin.

Tuesday's vote was 240-187 and was solidly opposed by Republicans. It came after Trump and top congressional Republicans denied he is a racist and urged GOP lawmakers to oppose the Democratic measure.

The resolution says the House "strongly condemns" Trump's "racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."

Republicans say Democrats are using the uproar over Trump's comments to score political points. But Democrats say such comments were revolting and needed to be vilified, especially coming from the president.

Trump didn't back down and tweeted that lawmakers unhappy with the U.S. "can leave."

Tlaib released the following statement:

“We cannot allow the hateful and divisive words of this President be normalized, and I thank the House Democratic leadership for their swift action in condemning the President’s racist attacks on myself and three of my colleagues. The passage of this resolution is not about us or any other member of Congress, however. It is about the millions of Americans who are subject to the hateful and divisive words of the President, a man who sows division and incites violence every day. I look forward to partnering with my colleagues in the House on further opportunities to hold this President accountable for the many insults and crimes he has committed against the American people.”

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