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 TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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 ScaliseManchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Sunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight Sanders: Trump doesn't 'want to see somebody get shot' but 'creates the climate for it' MORE (R-La.) told The Hill.

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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-CortezStudents retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMichigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyFormer GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' 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 HurdThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Democrat running for Will Hurd's seat raises over million in first 100 days of campaign Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges 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 McCarthyOmar says US should reconsider aid to Israel I'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' 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 MitchellIowa GOP chair calls Steve King's rape, incest comments 'outrageous' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Republicans offer support for Steve King challenger 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) MalinowskiDemocrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment Republicans plot comeback in New Jersey 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.”