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Hoyer slams McCarthy's defense of Trump tweets: 'Baloney'

Hoyer slams McCarthy's defense of Trump tweets: 'Baloney'
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House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Congressional leaders present Biden, Harris with flags flown during inauguration LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE (D-Md.) on Tuesday hammered Republicans defending President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE's attacks on several female lawmakers of color, reserving his sharpest barbs for the GOP leaders who are whipping against a resolution condemning the president's remarks.

"To make no comment, to not support this resolution, is to give some imprimatur of acceptance to this kind of rhetoric," Hoyer told reporters in the Capitol. "[It's] dangerous to America."

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Moments earlier, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse GOP leader says he has 'concerns' over Cheney's impeachment vote McCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Cheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency MORE (R-Calif.) rejected the notion that Trump invoked racist tropes in his weekend demand that four minority Democrats — Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Overnight Energy: EPA rule exempts many polluting industries from future air regulations | Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report | Officials ousted from White House after papers casting doubt on climate science Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report MORE (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTexas man charged for alleged role in Capitol riots, online death threats to Ocasio-Cortez DC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Tensions running high after gun incident near House floor MORE (N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBelfast's Troubles echo in today's Washington Federal government carries out 13th and final execution under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE (Mass.) — "go back" to the countries they came from.

Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley were all born in the United States; Omar immigrated from east Africa in the early 1990s and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

McCarthy said Trump was highlighting the liberal policy preferences of the four outspoken freshmen, not targeting them because of their ethnicity.

"I believe this is about ideology," McCarthy said. "This is about socialism versus freedom and it's very clear what the debate is happening."

Hoyer, asked to comment on McCarthy's assessment, did not pause a moment. 

"That's baloney. It has nothing to do with socialism," he said, lamenting that only a handful of Republicans have strongly denounced Trump's comments.

"[It's] dangerous and offensive to our people, and a message wholly at odds with the huge picture of Ronald Reagan that the leader has hanging in his office," Hoyer added, referring to McCarthy.

The back and forth came hours before Hoyer and House Democrats have scheduled a vote on a resolution condemning Trump's remarks as explicitly "racist." The resolution, sponsored by Reps. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinInauguration parties lose the glitz and glamour in 2021 This week: Tensions running high in Trump's final days Democratic lawmaker says 'assassination party' hunted for Pelosi during riot MORE (D-Md.) and Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiHillicon Valley: Intelligence agency gathers US smartphone location data without warrants, memo says | Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian hack on DOJ, courts | Airbnb offers Biden administration help with vaccine distribution Democrats urge tech giants to change algorithms that facilitate spread of extremist content 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE (D-N.J.), has united the Democrats, who are rallying behind the four progressives. 

"This is a resolution based in who we are as a people, as well as a recognition of the unacceptability of what his goals were," Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Calls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack Do Democrats really want unity? MORE (D-Calif.) said during a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus in the Capitol.