Pelosi Says House May Vote To Condemn Trump’s ‘Xenophobic Tweets’
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) announced on Monday that the House of Representatives could soon vote on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s recent commentaries on Twitter, in which he disparaged Democratic Congresswomen of color, telling them to “go back” to the places they came from.
Trump’s comments heavily implied he viewed the Congresswomen — it’s believed he was insinuating Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) — were foreign-born individuals. Only one of the three, Omar, was born outside of the U.S., and she moved to America from Somalia when she was 12-years-old.
Trump said these women “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe,” and criticized the fact that they had disagreements with him on “how our government is to be run.”
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done,” Trump tweeted over the weekend, per previous reporting from HillReporter.com.
Several Democratic lawmakers and political pundits have since spoken out against Trump’s rhetoric, condemning it as being a bigoted attack against lawmakers he happens to disagree with. On Monday, Pelosi, third in line to the presidency and the highest-ranking Democrat in the federal government, announced that Congress would address the issue head-on.
The House is considering bringing up a vote to condemn Trump’s statements, she said, per reporting from Julie Davis of the New York Time, who tweeted out the news.
“The House cannot allow the president’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand,” Pelosi added, asking that Republican lawmakers “join us in condemning the president’s xenophobic tweets.”
Pelosi previously spoke out against Trump’s rhetoric earlier as well. On Sunday evening, just a few short hours after Trump sent out his original tweets, Pelosi wrote two tweets of her own, making clear that she felt the president was acting out in a racist manner.
I reject @realDonaldTrump’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. Stop the raids – #FamiliesBelongTogether!
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 14, 2019
“When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again,” she said.
“I reject [Trump’s] xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values.”