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Trump praises GOP unity in opposing resolution condemning tweets

Trump praises GOP unity in opposing resolution condemning tweets
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President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE on Tuesday night praised House Republicans for their show of unity in voting against a Democratic-introduced resolution condemning as "racist" his tweets targeting four minority lawmakers. 

"So great to see how unified the Republican Party was on today’s vote concerning statements I made about four Democrat Congresswomen," Trump tweeted.

"If you really want to see statements, look at the horrible things they said about our Country, Israel, and much more," he continued. "They are now the top, most visible members of the House Democrats, who are now wedded to this bitterness and hate. The Republican vote was 187-4. Wow! Also, this was the first time since 1984 that the Speaker of the House was ruled Out of Order and broke the Rules of the House. Quite a day!"

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Trump was referring to a resolution first announced by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNew Mexico Democrat Stansbury sworn into Haaland's old seat Greene apologizes for comparing vaccine rules to Holocaust Overnight Health Care: Biden pleads for more people to get vaccinated | Harris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety | Novavax COVID-19 vaccine shown highly effective in trial MORE (D-Calif.) and passed on Tuesday evening. The resolution formally condemned as racist a series of tweets Trump posted on Sunday morning in which he said that a group of progressive congresswomen — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAdams, Garcia lead in NYC mayor's race: poll House Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' This week: Democrats face fractures in spending fight MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Omar: I wasn't equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries MORE (D-Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarGreene apologizes for comparing vaccine rules to Holocaust House Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' The Memo: Democratic tensions will only get worse as left loses patience MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHouse Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias House candidate in Chicago says gun violence prompted her to run MORE (D-Mass.) — should "go back" to the countries they came from.

The comments drew swift condemnation, including from some Republicans, a few of whom denounced the tweets as racist. All four of the congresswomen are U.S. citizens, and only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the United States.

The resolution introduced by Democrats allowed for a show of unity from the party after a week of bitter infighting between the progressive and centrist wings. But it also gave Democratic leadership a chance to put pressure on Republicans to denounce Trump's statements. 

In the end, the 240-187 vote fell mostly along party lines. Just four Republicans — Reps. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Bold leadership is necessary to curb violence against youth Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act MORE (Ind.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickFitness industry group hires new CEO amid lobbying push House moderates unveil .25T infrastructure plan OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump |  Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps MORE (Pa.), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFirst Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel MORE (Texas) and Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonFauci: Emails highlight confusion about Trump administration's mixed messages early in pandemic Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump Progressives nearly tank House Democrats' Capitol security bill MORE (Mich.) — voted to approve the resolution. 

The vote came after a tense moment in which the House parliamentarian rebuked Pelosi after she blasted Trump, arguing her comments violated the rules forbidding lawmakers from directly attacking the president on the House floor.

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsGeorgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor The Hill's Morning Report - Census winners and losers; House GOP huddles MORE (R-Ga.) led an effort to formally strike Pelosi's remarks, but the vote on the motion failed, with every Republican voting in favor of it.

The resolution condemning Trump's tweets came after a growing outcry over the comments from Democrats. On Monday evening, the four congresswomen targeted by Trump held a press conference in which they fired back at Trump, with Omar once again calling for him to be impeached.