House Democrats are moving swiftly to deliver an extraordinary rebuke of President Donald Trump for his barrage of personal attacks against four members of their caucus.
The House will vote Tuesday night on a resolution to sharply denounce Trump’s remarks as “racist,” lining up in support of the progressive squad and aiming to win support from at least some Republicans who have used similar language to condemn the tweets.
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Meanwhile, Trump again lashed out at the progressive freshmen on Tuesday, continuing his tirade from the weekend, as he accused the four women of using “vile, hateful, and disgusting” language that their party has ignored.
“Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad!” Trump tweeted.
The controversy first emerged on Sunday, when Trump tweeted that the four freshmen — all women of color and all U.S. citizens — should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Democratic leaders say the resolution, which was released Monday night, was intentionally limited in its scope — specifically condemning Trump’s tweets but going no further — with the intent of securing bipartisan support on the floor. But even Republicans who detest the president’s rhetoric have suggested they’re unlikely to support Democratic language calling him a racist.
“The resolution is a straight forward defense of foreign-born members of Congress,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who authored the measure.
“A number of Republicans have spoken out against the president’s bitter and outrageous remarks, and a number of them have denounced the racism that those remarks embodied,” he said. “I don’t think they should have any problem voting for the resolution.”
But that more narrow approach has drawn criticism from some Democrats, including those freshmen targeted by Trump, who said the current resolution didn’t go far enough.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said she’s signed onto a censure resolution introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.).
“I hope that is brought up for a vote,” she told reporters Tuesday morning.
Cohen and a handful of other Democrats pushed for censure resolution — a stronger and more symbolic reprimand — during a closed-door meeting Monday night. But Democratic leaders resisted, worried it wouldn’t garner the same level of support as a resolution condemning Trump’s comments.
Omar and other members of the squad on Monday said Democratic leaders should go even further, moving to impeach Donald Trump immediately.
“It is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery out of our constitution,” Omar said Monday during a news conference with her fellow progressives. “It is time for us to impeach this president.
Democratic leaders have also signaled they could rebuke Trump in other ways beyond Tuesday night’s resolution.
“I think there’s going to be a number of responses,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.).