As the furor over President Trump’s words continues to incite conversations in the United States, lawmakers have condemned the President’s tweets.
This week, a divided House voted to condemn Trump’s remarks in a 240 to 187 vote, signaling that Trump’s “racist comments… have legitimatized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”
In response, the President maintains that he is not racist, arguing that he doesn’t “have a racist bone in my body!”
In addition, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) both supported the President in their statements, asserting that “the president is not a racist.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D), herself on the receiving end of some Democrats a few weeks ago, slammed President Trump, stating that his comments “are disgraceful and disgusting, and those comments are racist.”
However, she did not directly call the President a racist.
In a statement, she specified that the resolution “condemned the words of the President and not the President.”
As well, Pelosi elaborated that “how shameful to hear him continue to defend those offensive words – words that we have all heard him repeat, not only about our members, but about countless others.”
In response to the the condemnation, Rep. McCarthy attacked Democrats, calling it a “sad day” for the House and adding that “our rules of order and decency were broken today.”
Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) took to twitter this week to share his thoughts on the controversy, and he also echoed in Rep. McCarthy’s words.
The politics of ethnic & racial identity & grievance are both poisonous. pic.twitter.com/kBftbHWAkW
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 16, 2019
In a video posted on twitter, the Senator argued that “the politics of ethnic & racial identity & grievance are both poisonous,” and reiterated and seemed to back the President in reminding that some members of Congress have espoused perceived anti-Semitic comments.
Rubio noted that he doesn’t “think two wrongs make a right but I recall three or four months ago, where there was clearly statements made by a member of congress that American Jews could not truly be loyal to the United States.”
To this, he reminded that, “the Democrats in the house didn’t want to vote on a bill that condemned that statement or condemned anti-Semitism by name.”