Joseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts
Schumer plans Senate resolution condemning Trump tweets
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that Democrats will file a Senate resolution condemning President Trump's tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back" to their home countries.
"Speaker Pelosi has said that the House will introduce a resolution denouncing the president's comments. Our intention is to do the same in the Senate. We'll see. We'll see just how many Republicans will sign on," Schumer said.
His comments were part of a blistering floor speech he delivered on Monday afternoon blasting Republicans for largely remaining silent on the president's remarks.
Schumer didn't offer any details on the wording of the forthcoming resolution or when it would be introduced.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said earlier Monday that Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.), who was born in Poland, along with Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and other Democratic members who were born abroad, would introduce a resolution condemning Trump's rhetoric.
"The House cannot allow the President's characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President's xenophobic tweets," Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats.
Trump sparked fierce and widespread backlash when he targeted a group of unidentified progressive congresswomen "who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe."
In the tweets, which appeared to be directed at Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), the president suggested they "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
All four have been outspoken critics of the Trump administration, and Omar and Tlaib in particular have questioned the U.S.-Israel relationship, prompting pushback from Republicans. All four are U.S. citizens, and only Omar was born outside the United States.
Trump doubled down on his comments Monday during an event at the White House, denying that he was being racist and expressing no remorse when told that white nationalist groups found common cause with his message.
"It doesn't concern me because many people agree with me," Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House during an event designed to highlight American manufacturing.