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US House Votes To Condemn Trump For "Racist Comments"

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

8:07 AM - 17 Jul 2019



The US House of Representatives has voted to condemn President Trump after a series of attacks aimed at four congresswomen.

A resolution's been passed which says Mr Trump made "racist comments that have legitimised fear and hatred".

However, the President's defended his calls for the four women to leave the US, saying: "I don't have a racist bone in my body!"

His initial tweets from Sunday have been widely criticised.

Yesterday's motion in the House was passed with 240 votes to 187.

All Democrats voted in favour, while four Republicans broke party ranks to support the symbolic motion.

Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi had called for every member to support the vote.

She said: "These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and these comments are racist.

"How shameful to hear [President Trump] continue to defend those offensive words - words we have all heard him repeat not only about our members, but about countless others."

Republicans accused Mrs Pelosi of 'unparliamentary language' and breaking floor rules.

They claimed she shouldn't make "such disparaging remarks" about the US president on the House floor.

Donald Trump's initial tweets are widely assumed to refer to four prominent progressive congresswomen - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.

They are all from black or minority ethnic backgrounds, and are often referred to as 'the Squad'.

All four are Americans citizens - Ms Omar was born in Somalia before moving to the US as a child, while the other three women were born in the US.

Donald Trump has repeatedly doubled down on his comments since his initial tweets over the weekend.

It has prompted further criticism from the congresswomen involved:

Main image: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Picture by: J. Scott Applewhite/AP/Press Association Images


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