A day after US President Donald Trump made a "racist remark" on four Congresswomen, British and New Zealand Prime Ministers on Tuesday (July 16) expressed their displeasure over Trump's remarks.
Washington: The US House of Representatives has voted on a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump's alleged "racist" tweets against four Democratic congresswomen.
In a series of tweets, Trump on Sunday (July 14) said that four Democratic Progressive Congresswomen, who have been critical of his harsh immigration policies, should "go back" to where they belong.
The vote, on Tuesday (July 16), came days after Trump's tweets about four newly elected Democratic lawmakers (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan) sparked a widespread uproar.
Moved by Congressman Tom Malinowski, the resolution was passed by the House of Representatives, the Lower House of the US Congress, on a partisan line of 240-184 votes.
"It's not who we are. It is playing with fire because the words that the President used are heard by people with disturbed minds who do terrible things, violent things, and a line needs to be drawn," he told the House.
Congresswoman Grace Meng said that President Trump's comments are "racist" and his vile rants on Twitter are beyond the pale. She also reportedly claimed that the incident portrayed his callous disregard for the office he holds.
"He has not apologised, shown any remorse, and doubled down on his disgusting remarks. As an American, I am appalled by the President's actions in these past few days and the weak responses by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle.
"We can disagree with each other, but to tell someone to 'go back' is morally reprehensible. Today, our message is clear: Mr President, shame on you," she said.
Condemning the President for his "racist statements", Congressman Elijah Cummings said that although Trump has indicated that there are "many people who agree with" his comments, there are many Americans, who are were disappointed that the individual who acts as their representative on the world stage would share these racist sentiments.
Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib were all born in the US, while Omar is a naturalised US citizen who arrived in the country at a young age as a Somali refugee.
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Last Updated 17, Jul 2019, 4:25 PM