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 HoyerHouse to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Pelosi's staff huddles with aides in both parties on 'surprise' medical billing House panel approves bill to grant DC statehood MORE (D-Md.) on Tuesday hammered Republicans defending President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff 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 Owen McCarthyBarr to attend Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday California delivers swift suit after Trump orders water diversion Twitter experimenting with new tool to label lies and misinformation MORE (R-Calif.) rejected the notion that Trump invoked racist tropes in his weekend demand that four minority Democrats — Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat MORE (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' MORE (N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThere's no such thing as a free bus Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Tlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech 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 RaskinHouse Democrats launch probe into NIH and FBI suspecting Chinese Americans of espionage Barr to testify before House Judiciary panel The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders, Buttigieg do battle in New Hampshire MORE (D-Md.) and Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiDemocrats to plow ahead with Trump probes post-acquittal Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements NJ lawmaker flips endorsement to Biden after Booker drops out 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 PelosiCongress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff Twitter, Facebook split on manipulated Bloomberg video MORE (D-Calif.) said during a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus in the Capitol.