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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 TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee 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 ScaliseBiden's COVID, border policies prove he's serious about neither Republican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC Merrick Garland is right to prioritize domestic terrorism, but he'll need a bigger boat 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-CortezBipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo 'Lucky': Inside Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement of Sanders MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHouse approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade Omar introduces bill to sanction Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi killing MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressives push White House to overturn wage ruling Six ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley says image of Black custodial staff cleaning up Capitol after Jan. 6 riot 'haunts' her DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes DeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel 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 HurdHere are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act Sunday shows - COVID-19 dominates as grim milestone approaches Former Texas GOP rep: Trump should hold very little or no role in Republican Party 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 McCarthyHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill Parliamentarian strikes down Pelosi priority in aid package Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump 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 MitchellUnnamed law enforcement banned under the new NDAA Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting Juan Williams: The GOP's betrayal of America 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) MalinowskiJournalism watchdog files criminal complaint against Saudi crown prince Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' YouTube still pushing white supremacist videos: study 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.”