Trump praises GOP unity in opposing resolution condemning tweets

Trump praises GOP unity in opposing resolution condemning tweets
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe 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 PelosiSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate Tech legal shield included in USMCA despite late Pelosi push GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' 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-CortezWarren proposes 'Blue New Deal' to protect oceans Trump tops list of most tweeted about politicians in 2019 Buttigieg campaign says 2000 people attended Iowa rally MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Democrats square off at final impeachment hearing Live coverage: Democrats, Republicans seek to win PR battle in final House impeachment hearing Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (D-Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump Al Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump 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 Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today Oregon GOP Rep. Greg Walden won't seek reelection Here are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 MORE (Ind.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickOvernight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases Billboards calling on House Republicans to 'do their job' follow members home for Thanksgiving Mark Ruffalo brings fight against 'forever chemicals' to Capitol Hill MORE (Pa.), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdCNN's Bianna Golodryga: 'Rumblings' from Democrats on censuring Trump instead of impeachment Republicans preview impeachment defense strategy Davis: Congressman Will Hurd, If not now, when? MORE (Texas) and Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonShimkus says he's reconsidering retirement Shimkus says he's been asked to reconsider retirement Trump urges GOP to fight for him 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 CollinsControversy on phone records intensifies amid impeachment GOP lawmaker closes: Impeachment a 'scam,' Judiciary a 'rubber stamp' Tempers flare at tense Judiciary hearing on impeachment 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.