Four Republican lawmakers on Tuesday bucked their own party and voted in favor of a Democrat-led resolution condemning President Trump’s inflammatory tweets targeting a group of minority congresswomen.
The Republicans who voted for the resolution were Reps. Susan Brooks (Ind.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Will Hurd (Texas) and Fred Upton (Mich.). Brooks is slated to retire at the end of her term, while the other three are moderates in competitive districts.
The resolution, led by freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.), comes in the wake of Trump tweeting on Sunday that the progressive lawmakers — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — should “go back” to the “places from which they came.”
The resolution condemning the tweets ultimately passed the House in a 240-187 vote.
Trump’s remarks sparked a flurry of backlash, with Democrats and a handful of Republicans blasting the comments as racist and xenophobic.
Upton argued the president’s comments were unacceptable, particularly coming from the leader of the free world.
“Today’s resolution was targeted at the specific words that frankly are not acceptable from a leader in any workplace large or small,” he said in a statement.
“If we’re going to bring civility back to the center of our politics, we must speak out against inflammatory rhetoric from anyone in any party anytime it happens. America embraces diversity, and that must continue,” he continued.
Brooks echoed Upton’s sentiments, adding she would like to see Democrats take similar action over controversial statements made by members of their party.
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