House votes to condemn Donald Trump's tweets as racist

The US House of Representatives has voted to condemn as
'racist' a series of tweets by President Donald Trump targeting Democratic congresswomen
.
A resolution put forward by the Democratic Party stated said 'President Donald Trump's racist comments have legitimised fear and hatred of new Americans and people of colour'.
The resolution 'strongly condemns' Mr Trump's tweets, made on Sunday.
The vote passed 240 to 187.
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Democrats voted unanimously for the motion, joined by just four Republicans.
Justin Amash, an independent who quit the Republican Party earlier this month, also supported the motion.
In a series of tweets posted overnight, the president reiterated that
Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar and New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
'hate our country'.
President Donald Trump has declared he is not racist, after a series of tweets telling a group of non-white congresswomen to 'go back to where they came from'.
In a series of tweets posted overnight, the president reiterated that Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar and New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'hate our country'.
On Sunday Mr Trump took aim at a progressive 'squad' of congresswomen.
Ms Omar came to the United States as a refugee from Somalia when she was 10, before becoming a US citizen at 17 and getting elected to Congress last year.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York and is of Puerto Rican descent. Puerto Rico is a US territory.

Two other congresswomen who were targeted, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, were both born in the US but are non-white.
Earlier Mr Trump referred to the group as being 'anti-USA' and 'pro-terrorist' and rebuked them for 'public shouting of the F… word'.
Mr Trump has also sworn in public multiple times, including in March when he accused the Democrats of 'ridiculous bulls---' and in 2016, when he dropped the f-word during a rally in front of 5000 people.

How have Democrats responded to Trump's racist tweets?
The House of Representatives voted on a resolution to condemn Mr Trump's tweets.
There is also a censure vote being considered, which carries more heft.
And Texas congressman Al Green will tonight file articles of impeachment against the president.

After a weekend marked by disunity, the Democrats were united in their criticism of the president.
''Go back to where you came from' is language we hear from white supremacists,' Congresswoman Katie Hill tweeted.
'By attacking my AMERICAN colleagues, Trump shows he not only condones the behaviour of these dangerous people, he's one of them.'

How have Republicans responded to Trump?
Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy said the resolution was about politics, citing a president from 155 years ago as evidence the party was not racist.
'We are the party of Lincoln,' he said.
'Let's not be false about what is happening today. This is about politics.'

The Republican governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker disagreed.
'The president's tweets were shameful, they were racist, and they bring a tremendous amount of disgrace to public policy and public life,' Mr Baker said.
Only 14 Republicans in Congress have condemned Mr Trump's tweets, and 189 have avoided commenting publicly.
Earlier today White House spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway responded to a question about the president's tweets by asking the journalist: 'What's your ethnicity?'
Meanwhile, Mr Trump's former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci condemned the remarks.

'Would Donald Trump ever tell a white immigrant – whether 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation – to 'go back to your country'? No. That's why the comments were racist and unacceptable,' he tweeted.
'America is a nation of immigrants founded on the ideals of free thought and free speech.'
Who are 'the squad'?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley are among the most junior members of Congress.
Elected in November last year, the four are new to Washington politics.
But thanks to substantial social media followings and an inclination to be brash and outspoken, they wield significant influence within the Democratic Party.
The four are informally referred to as 'the squad'.

They also represent the far-left of the caucus, with Ms Ocasio-Cortez and Ms Tlaib identifying as 'Democratic socialists'.
The four draw a sharp contrast to the Republican caucus of the House of Representatives, who have just 13 women and a mere handful of non-white members.
The squad had been quibbling with Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the weekend over social media, but the animus was redirected after Mr Trump's tweets.
'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,' Ms Pelosi said.
'Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.'

Who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
The best known of the four,
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned Washington DC last year when she ousted Democratic heavyweight Joe Crowley in a primary election
.
Mr Crowley was feted as the next Speaker of the House, but was caught unaware by Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who was working as a bartender before her election to Congress.

The youngest-ever congresswoman, 29-year-old Ms Ocasio-Cortez represents parts of The Bronx and Queens in New York.
But in a few short months she has become a household name in America, one of the best-known and most divisive politicians in the country.
She has long been a proponent of major government action to take on climate change and health care, branded as the 'Green New Deal and 'Medicare-for-All'.
Who is Rashida Tlaib?
Rashida Tlaib
was one of the two first Muslim women to serve in Congress when she was sworn in in January. The other is Ilhan Omar.
Ms Tlaib represents one of the poorest districts in America, a part of Detroit so strongly Democratic that she was elected unopposed in November.

On her first day in Congress she drew controversy for a fiery speech she gave about Mr Trump.
'We gonna go in there and
impeach the motherf---er
,' she said.
Who is Ilhan Omar?
Along with Ms Tlaib,
Ilhan Omar
was the first Muslim woman to be elected to Congress.
Ms Omar was born in Somalia but fled during the civil war, arriving in the USA in 1992.

She now represents a district in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after being voted in last year.
As a hijab-wearing black woman,
Ms Omar has been subject to particularly nasty internet rumours
, including that she married her own brother.
She has spoken sharply in criticism of Israel, with several comments of hers labelled as anti-Semitic.
Who is Ayanna Pressley?
Ayanna Pressley
was elected to a seat in Boston, Massachusetts after ousting long-time incumbent Michael Capuano in the primary.
A heavily Democratic district that was previously represented by John F. Kennedy, Ms Pressley ran unopposed in the general election.

The win made her the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.
In her primary victory speech, she declared Mr Trump a 'racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man'.
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