Democratic strategist on Trump tweets: 'He's feeding this fear and hate'

Democratic strategist Will Jawando praised a House-passed Democratic resolution condemning President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE for recent tweets attacking four minority congresswomen.

The resolution, which passed in a 240-187 vote, came in response to Trump's tweet over the weekend when he told Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMichigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyFormer GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' MORE (Mass.) to “go back" to their home countries, even though they all four are U.S. citizens.

“It was the right thing to do, are there other issues we need to focus on? Sure, but I think we need to call a spade a spade and the reason we’re divided right now is because he’s feeding this fear and hate,” Jawando, a former Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement under the Obama administration, told Hill.TV, adding “we can’t stand for that.”

Jawando, who is now a council member in Montgomery County, Md., called the president’s comments unacceptable and clearly racist.

“Ultimately sanity prevailed, and we called a racist a racist,” he said. “It’s really unfortunate that we are where we are where Americans — members of Congress — are being told to go back to where they came from and to say that is not racist — I don’t know how you say that when you look at the history of this president."

Trump’s remarks sparked backlash from Democrats and even some Republicans.

Four Republican lawmakers voted in favor of the resolution condemning Trump: Reps. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksHouse Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad The House Republicans and Democrats not seeking reelection in 2020 Mellman: Is the DCCC in successful chaos? MORE (Ind.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Ensuring quality health care for those with intellectual disabilities and autism House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad MORE (Pa.), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Democrat running for Will Hurd's seat raises over million in first 100 days of campaign Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges MORE (Texas) and Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonThe 9 House Republicans who support background checks Al Green says impeachment is 'only solution' to Trump's rhetoric Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' MORE (Mich.).

The majority of House Republicans rejected the resolution as a “partisan ploy” by Democrats.

“This resolution divides our nation and distracts us from addressing the issues the American people sent us here to solve,” House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseManchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Sunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight Sanders: Trump doesn't 'want to see somebody get shot' but 'creates the climate for it' MORE (R-La.) said in a statement following the vote. “It's time House Democrats start focusing on the real problems facing the American people, instead of their own.”

Trump has doubled down on his remarks, insisting that there is not a "racist bone" in his body. He also released a video on Wednesday taunting "the squad," a term commonly used to refer to the four progressive lawmakers targeted by Trump over the weekend.

—Tess Bonn