House GOP presses members to oppose resolution condemning Trump remarks as racist

House GOP leaders are urging members of their conference to vote against a Democratic-led resolution condemning as racist President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE’s remarks telling a group of minority congresswomen to “go back” to the “places from which they came.”

“House GOP leadership is formally recommending a 'no' vote on the resolution,” a spokesperson for House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse GOP slated to unveil agenda ahead of election House panel details 'serious' concerns around Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin elections Scalise hit with ethics complaint over doctored Barkan video MORE (R-La.) told The Hill.


A senior GOP source said there is not a formal whipping effort since the measure is a resolution and not a bill, but that conversations are taking place with individual GOP lawmakers ahead of the vote scheduled for Tuesday evening.

Multiple sources said more than a dozen Republican members have expressed an openness to bucking party lines and supporting the resolution. 

Trump’s remarks on social media — targeting progressive firebrands Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWhy Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence The Hill Interview: Jerry Brown on climate disasters, COVID-19 and Biden's 'Rooseveltian moment' House Democrats postpone vote on marijuana decriminalization bill MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise Larry Kudlow defends response to coronavirus: Trump 'led wisely' The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Woodward book revelations rock Washington MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibGeorge Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge The Democratic Party platform represents our big tent MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySan Francisco considers changing local voting age to 16 Hillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy MORE (D-Mass.) — has sparked a flurry of outrage.

All four women are minorities and U.S. citizens, and only one, Omar, was born outside the United States.

Democrats have blasted Trump for using a racist trope, and a handful of Republicans, including Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHillicon Valley: Oracle confirms deal with TikTok to be 'trusted technology provider' | QAnon spreads across globe, shadowing COVID-19 | VA hit by data breach impacting 46,000 veterans House approves bill to secure internet-connected federal devices against cyber threats House Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts MORE (Texas) and Michael Turner (Ohio), have described the language as racist.

Most Republicans have stopped short of that, though many have taken to social media to state that they disagreed with the rhetoric used by the president in his attack. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat House GOP leader says he trusts Trump over CDC director on vaccine timing The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks MORE (R-Calif.) told reporters Tuesday he doesn't believe the president’s comments were racist, adding he believes Democrats are playing politics instead of focusing on substantive issues. He plans to vote against the resolution and is encouraging his colleagues to do the same. 

“It's all politics. If you look at the resolution itself, and you look at the rules of the House, you can't even name the resolution on the floor,” he said at a press conference.  

“If this is the case of what they are concerned most about let's go through every comment individuals have made on the other side of the aisle — are we bringing the resolution up on the floor about their comments? No,” he said.

Rep. Paul MitchellPaul MitchellGOP wants more vision, policy from Trump at convention Loomer win creates bigger problem for House GOP Lisa McClain wins Michigan GOP primary in race to replace Rep. Paul Mitchell MORE (Mich.) — a member of GOP leadership who spoke out against the president’s tweets on Monday — said while he disagrees with the comments, he does not plan on voting for the resolution, arguing he sees it as a political gambit aimed at dividing Republicans.

“I have expressed directly to the White House my concerns that inflammatory statements targeting anyone on the basis of their ethnicity or origin are wrong,” he said in a statement. “I view today’s Democrat resolution as yet another partisan action that does not move the ball forward.”

The resolution — spearheaded by Rep. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiDCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to 'Red to Blue' program The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - First lady casts Trump as fighter for the 'forgotten' Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers introduce resolution condemning QAnon | US Cyber Command leader vows to 'defend forward' in protecting nation from cyberattacks MORE (D-N.J.) — “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should ‘go back’ to other countries.”