WI Democrats vote to condemn Trump’s ‘racist comments’

By: - July 16, 2019 9:27 pm

President Trump at a Rose Garden event at the White House. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, the only Wisconsin Republican to call President Donald Trump’s tweets about four of his female Democratic colleagues “wrong” on Tuesday joined the rest of the state’s congregational delegation in voting against a resolution condemning the remarks.

The state’s Democratic Reps. Gwen Moore (4th), Ron Kind (3rd) and Mark Pocan (2nd) voted with the majority to condemn Trump’s “racist comments directed at Members of Congress.” The resolution passed the U.S. House by a vote of 240-187, with four Republicans and one independent joining their Democratic colleagues.

Trump’s comments — which targeted Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — have dominated the political discourse on Capitol Hill this week. Democrats have overwhelmingly excoriated the president for saying the women should “go back” to the “places from which they came,” while many Republicans have defended him or sought to avoid the issue. 

The resolution, a stinging rebuke against the president, states that the House “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should ‘‘go back’’ to other countries.” 

The four House Republicans who broke ranks with their party to support the resolution were Reps. Susan Brooks of Indiana, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Will Hurd of Texas and Fred Upton of Michigan. Justin Amash, a Michigan independent who recently abandoned the GOP, also voted in favor of the resolution.

U.S. Mike Gallagher (R-8th District)

On Monday, Gallagher (R-8th) had complained that Trump’s “mean tweeting” was getting attention at the expense of more substantive legislation. Tuesday, he added another statement: “Yesterday I made clear that the President’s tweets were wrong and Congress needs to get back to work. Yet today, the debate on the House floor was filled with hyper-partisan rhetoric about a resolution that does nothing to solve the problems facing our nation, let alone elevate our political discourse. At a time when we have a budgetary disaster, a broken healthcare system, and a crisis at the southern border, Congress should do its job,” Gallagher said.

On Tuesday after the vote, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-7th) tweeted “House Democrats are attempting to condemn the President when some of them have a history of anti-American behavior themselves,” accompanied by C-Span footage of his speech on the House floor defending Trump.

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Robin Bravender
Robin Bravender

Robin Bravender was the States Newsroom Washington Bureau Chief from January 2019 until June 2020. She coordinated the network’s national coverage and reported on states’ congressional delegations, federal agencies, the White House and the federal courts. Prior to that, Robin was an editor and reporter at E&E News, a reporter at Politico, and a freelance producer for Reuters TV.