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 HoyerLiberal Democrat eyes aid cuts to Israel after Omar, Tlaib denied entry Lawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar Israel denies Omar and Tlaib entry after Trump tweet MORE (D-Md.) on Tuesday hammered Republicans defending President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? 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 McCarthyTrump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' Tlaib says she won't visit Israel after being treated like 'a criminal' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (R-Calif.) rejected the notion that Trump invoked racist tropes in his weekend demand that four minority Democrats — Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMaher rails against anti-Israel boycott movement: 'A bulls--- purity test' for Democrats Pelosi hits Trump, Netanyahu for 'weakness' amid tensions over Omar and Tlaib Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMaher rails against anti-Israel boycott movement: 'A bulls--- purity test' for Democrats Pelosi hits Trump, Netanyahu for 'weakness' amid tensions over Omar and Tlaib Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention MORE (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts The latest victims of the far-left's environmental zealotry: Long Islanders Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention MORE (N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' Sen. Susan Collins: Israel should allow Omar, Tlaib to visit 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 panel investigating decision to resume federal executions Pelosi, allies seek to keep gun debate focused on McConnell Pelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch MORE (D-Md.) and Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiDemocrats call for Pelosi to cut recess short to address white nationalism House votes to kill impeachment effort against Trump The four Republicans who voted to condemn Trump's tweets 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 PelosiAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Pelosi hits Trump, Netanyahu for 'weakness' amid tensions over Omar and Tlaib In Hong Kong, the need for peaceful persistence MORE (D-Calif.) said during a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus in the Capitol.