After the Democratic-controlled U.S. House on Tuesday voted to condemn President Donald Trump for telling four progressive congresswomen to “go back” to the “places from which they came,” one of his targets — U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) — declared that his rhetoric must not “be normalized.”
Trump’s racist remarks also were aimed at U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Tlaib was born in Detroit, Pressley was born in Cincinnati, Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York City and Omar was born in Somalia.
“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,” Tlaib said in a statement. “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.”
Tlaib has led the charge for Trump’s impeachment.
“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,” she added on Tuesday.
The resolution condemned Trump’s “racist comments directed at Members of Congress and passed on a vote of 240-187.
The Michigan delegation split 9-5, with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) and U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.), who recently left the GOP, joining Democrats.
Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning to again go after the four members of Congress, writing that “if you hate our Country, you are free to leave.”
…opinion, they’re Americans. Now I’m entitled to my opinion, & I just think they’re left wing cranks. They’re the reason there are directions on a shampoo bottle, & we should ignore them. The “squad” has moved the Democrat Party substantially LEFT, and…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2019
White supremacists have cheered Trump’s racist attacks, CNN notes.