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Day 908: "Join us in condemning the president's racist tweets."

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Subscribe: Get the Daily Update in your inbox for free 1/ Republicans temporarily blocked a resolution denouncing Trump's racists tweets that four congresswomen of color should "go back" where "they came" from as "racist comments." In a floor speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Democrats and Republicans to "join us in condemning the president's racist tweets" and that the "comments from the White House" are "disgraceful" and "disgusting" and that "these comments are racist." Republican Rep. Doug Collins interjected and asked Pelosi to "rephrase" her statement, which was then ruled as out of order under House rules that lawmakers may not make disparaging remarks about the president on the floor of the House. Following a two-hour long delay, the House voted along party lines to allow Pelosi to refer to Trump's tweets as racist, overriding House rules and GOP objections. That final vote on the resolution condemning Trump's rhetoric as "racist comments that have legitimized increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color" passed largely along party lines, 240-187. (Politico / NBC News / New York Times / CNN / Washington Post / Wall Street Journal) 2/ Trump – again – denied that his racist tweets were racist, urging House Republicans to "not show 'weakness'" and reject the condemnation resolution. Trump called the resolution a "con game" and claimed that his tweets "were NOT Racist," because "I don't have a Racist bone in my body!" Trump then accused the four Democratic congresswomen – Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar – of "spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate." (New York Times / Washington Post / The Guardian / Politico) 3/ Kellyanne Conway responded a White House reporter's question about Trump's racist tweets with "What's your ethnicity?" Andrew Feinberg had asked Conway which countries Trump was referring to when he suggested that Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar should "go back" to where they came from. All four congresswomen are U.S. citizens. (Daily Beast / NBC News)

  • Kellyanne Conway's husband wrote an opinion piece saying "Trump is a racist president." (


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