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 TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary 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 PelosiNegotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package 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-CortezLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Trump campaign rolls out TV spots in early voting states after advertising pause Trump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Even the Post Office is political now | Primary action tonight | Super PACS at war Five primary races to watch on Tuesday MORE (D-Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Police committed 125 human rights violations during Floyd protests: Amnesty Trump campaign rolls out TV spots in early voting states after advertising pause MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Stimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility Tlaib opens up about why she hasn't endorsed Biden yet 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 BrooksCook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats Democrat Christina Hale and Republican Victoria Spartz to face off in House race in Indiana Key races to watch in Tuesday's primaries MORE (Ind.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. Fitzpatrick2020 Global Tiger Day comes with good news, but Congress still has work to do How Congress is preventing a Medicare bankruptcy during COVID-19 Overnight Energy: House passes major conservation bill, sending to Trump | EPA finalizes rule to speed up review of industry permits MORE (Pa.), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Texas Democrats plan 7-figure ad buy to turn state blue Republicans face worsening outlook in battle for House MORE (Texas) and Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonMichigan Rep. Fred Upton wins GOP primary The Hill's Coronavirus Report: GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to do more to support ventures and 'solo-preneurs'; Federal unemployment benefits expire as coronavirus deal-making deadlocks The Hill's Coronavirus Report: iBIO Chairman and CEO Thomas Isett says developing a safe vaccine is paramount; US surpasses 150,000 coronavirus deaths with roughy one death per minute 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 CollinsLoeffler knocks WNBA players for wearing shirts backing Democratic challenger WNBA players wear 'Vote Warnock' shirts in support of Loeffler Democratic challenger Sunday shows preview: White House, Democratic leaders struggle for deal on coronavirus bill 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.