House Dem: Trump censure resolution meant to put Congress on record opposing racism

House Dem: Trump censure resolution meant to put Congress on record opposing racism
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Monday that a resolution censoring President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE for disparaging marks he reportedly made about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries is meant to put Congress on the record opposing racism.

“The goal is to put the Congress of the United States on record that we don’t approve of racism and that the president, when he makes these kinds of racist remarks, he’s not speaking for the people of the United States,” Nadler said on CNN’s “New Day." 

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Nadler and Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondHarris hops past Biden in early race for Black Caucus support The Hill's Morning Report - Warren cements front-runner status in first Dem debate Democrats crush GOP to win annual baseball game MORE (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Friday that they would unveil the resolution to censure Trump over comments that he reportedly made disparaging individuals from Haiti, El Salvador and other African countries during a closed-door meeting with lawmakers. 

The Washington Post first reported on Thursday that Trump had described Haiti and other nations as “shithole” countries, expressing a preference for immigrants from Norway. Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinProblem Solvers Caucus co-chair calls Trump comments about progressive congresswomen 'totally unacceptable' Trump's tweets unify a fractured Democratic Party Sunday shows - Immigration raids dominate MORE (D-Ill.) backed up The Post's account on Friday. 

The reported remarks have prompted fierce criticism from Democrats and some Republicans. Some Republican senators have disputed the accounts of Trump’s comments at the immigration meeting, however, saying he did not use the vulgar term described. 

The president on Sunday denied that he is a racist.

“I am not a racist,” he told reporters in Palm Beach, Fla. 

Neither the White House nor Trump has denied the “shithole” comment specifically.

Nadler said Monday that he would “absolutely” call Trump a racist, describing the latest reports as consistent with the president’s past behavior when responding to the violent clashes between white nationalists and protesters in Charlottesville, Va., last August.

 “What he was clearly saying was, we don’t want black or brown people, we want white people coming here. And that’s straight racism,” Nadler said of the “shithole” comment.