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H.Res. 489: Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress.

Jul 16, 2019 at 6:49 p.m. ET. On the Resolution in the House.

This was a vote to agree to H.Res. 489 in the House.

In a series of tweets on July 14, 2019 directed at four Democratic congresswomen --- unnamed but known to be Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib --- the President said:

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, 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. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, and Tlaib were born in New York City, Cincinnati, and Detroit. Ocasio-Cortez's parents were also born in America (and their parents may have been as well). (Omar is a refugee from Somalia.) All four are American citizens (as is required to serve in Congress). The expression "go back to where you came from" directed at individuals whose only connection to another country is by skin color (in the case of Ocasio-Cortez) or blood (in the case of Pressley and Tlaib) is an obvious form of racism. The comment is also a lie for its implication that the congresswomen are in some way not American.

The four representatives had recently been critical of the President and Democratic party leadership. The tweet's reference to Speaker Nancy Pelosi providing "free travel arrangements" is a reference to their confrontations with Democratic party leadership and government-funded travel for members of Congress to visit foreign countries known as CODELs.

This vote was on a resolution that "strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments." The resolution has no legal force. As a simple resolution, it is voted on in only one chamber. It appears to be the first time in history that a President was condemned by a chamber of Congress.

Totals

All Votes D R I
Aye 55%
 
 
 
240
235
 
4
 
1
 
No 43%
 
 
 
187
0
 
187
 
0
 
Not Voting 1%
 
 
 
6
0
 
6
 
0
 

Passed. Simple Majority Required. Source: house.gov.

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