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 TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' 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-CortezTlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit AOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' Former Obama official pushes back against assertion of unfair Sanders media coverage MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit 2016 Sanders surrogate Lucy Flores endorses Warren Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit AOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' 2016 Sanders surrogate Lucy Flores endorses Warren MORE (Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' 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 BrooksHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Pelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers MORE (Ind.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg would support delaying Libra | More attorneys general join Facebook probe | Defense chief recuses from 'war cloud' contract | Senate GOP blocks two election security bills | FTC brings case against 'stalking' app developer Bipartisan lawmakers dig into Twitter over policy allowing Hamas, Hezbollah accounts The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster MORE (Pa.), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdGOP lawmaker: Trump administration 'playing checkers' in Syria while others are 'playing chess' Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision Hurd: No Ukrainian officials have told State Department 'they felt like their arms were being twisted' MORE (Texas) and Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonTrump urges GOP to fight for him GOP group calls out five House Republicans to speak up on Ukraine House passes bill to revamp medical screenings for migrants at border 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 ScaliseMcCarthy on Trump's 'lynching' comparison: 'That's not the language I would use' House rejects GOP measure censuring Schiff This week: Tensions flare over Schiff, impeachment inquiry 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