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Trump angry more Republicans haven’t defended his tweets: report

President Trump is reportedly dissatisfied with Republican lawmakers for their lack of defense of his weekend tweets, which targeted a group of minority progressive lawmakers. 

Multiple sources told Politico that has informed at least two GOP members of Congress that his is not satisfied.

The news outlet notes that Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) are preparing for tough reelection races and face a difficult decision: standing by the president and risking support of needed voters, or condemning the president for his remarks and “facing his wrath.” 

{mosads}“I wouldn’t have done it. That’s not what we ought to focus on in this country,” Gardner said of the president’s tweets, in which he suggested that the four freshman lawmakers known as “The Squad” — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.) — “go back” to their home countries.

The remarks have since garnered widespread backlash, with Democrats swiftly denouncing them as racist. GOP leadership, however, has denied claims that Trump or his tweets were racist.

Gardner, whose reelection bid takes place in a largely blue state, has endorsed Trump’s 2020 campaign but disagrees with his rhetoric, telling Politico “we should focus on ways to bring people together.”

Cornyn, who is seeking the vote from minority populations in his reelection campaign, said that while “we are consumed by this here … it doesn’t consume my constituents when I go back home.”

Other Republican lawmakers, including Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, have continued to support the president but shied away from commenting on the tweets, Politico notes.

Some GOP lawmakers, including Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Joni Ernst (Iowa), have spoken out against Trump for his remarks, and four House Republicans voted on Tuesday in favor of a Democratic-led resolution to condemn the tweets.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) told the outlet “the news cycle changes pretty quickly,” adding that by the 2020 elections, “I don’t expect we’ll be talking about this.”

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