Trump: 'Those Tweets Were NOT Racist'

Susan Jones | July 16, 2019 | 10:32am EDT
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( - President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he's not a racist, and he railed against the Democrats' planned vote on a resolution formally condemning his suggestion that four "progressive" Democrats "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Here are the president's latest comment on a topic that continues to dominate the news cycle for a third day:

Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country. Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), at a Tuesday morning news conference, said the uproar over Trump's Sunday tweets is "all about politics."

I believe this about ideology. This is about socialism versus freedom.

I understand, when I listened to their press conference yesterday, they talked more about impeachment than anything else. Even one of those individuals -- this wasn't the first time they talked about impeachment. On the night of being sworn in, they brought all of their supporters together and they spoke about impeachment in words that I will not use here. This is more for their base. This is about politics.

It is unfortunate, and we should get back to the business of America.

Rep. McCarthy said he will vote against the Democrat-sponsored resolution formally condemning Trump for his "xenophobic" tweets, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it.

McCarthy also noted that Republicans have never brought a resolution to the floor condemning the controversial comments of the four lawmakers in question -- Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told the same news conference that Republicans' opposition to "our socialist colleagues has absolutely nothing to do with their gender, with their religion, or with their race. It has to do with the content of their policies,” she said:

They're wrong when they attempt to impose the fraud of socialism on the American people. They're wrong when they pursue policies that would steal power from the American people and give that power to government.

They're wrong when they espouse and enable, and their leadership refuses to condemn, vile anti-Semitism. They're wrong when they rush to blame America first, when they fail to recognize that this is the greatest nation that has ever existed -- the exceptional nation.

And they're wrong when they fail to recognize that no people has ever lived in greater freedom. And then they go on and fail to provide the resources our men and women in uniform need to defend that freedom.

Cheney also criticized her "socialist colleagues" for supporting late-term abortion, open borders, free health care for illegal immigrants, and the abolishment of DHS and I.C.E.

Here's the partial text of the resolution condemning Trump:

Whereas President Donald Trump's racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color: Now, therefore, be it resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) believes that immigrants and their descendants have made America stronger, and that those who take the oath of citizenship are every bit as American as those whose families have lived in the United States for many generations;

(2) is committed to keeping America open to those lawfully seeking refuge and asylum from violence and oppression, and those who are willing to work hard to live the American Dream, no matter their race, ethnicity, faith, or country of origin; and

(3) 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, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as "invaders," and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.

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