WASHINGTON – House Democrats plan to introduce a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s attacks on four of its most outspoken progressive members after he told the women to "go back" to where they came from.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the resolution Monday in a letter to those in her caucus, writing that, "the President went beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress."
"Let me be clear, our Caucus will continue to forcefully respond to these disgusting attacks," Pelosi wrote. "The House cannot allow the President’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand."
Congressional Democrats have been quick to back freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. after they were seemingly targeted by a number of posts by the president, though he didn't mention any lawmakers by name.
....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
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All four are American citizens. Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York City, Pressley was born in Cincinnati and Tlaib was born in Detroit. Omar was born in Somalia. Her family fled that country's civil war when she was 8-years-old and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before arriving in the U.S. and settling in Minneapolis in 1997, according to her biography.
They are some of the president's most vocal critics in the House and have become known as the "squad" — sticking together even when they seem to go against the rest of their party on key votes and issues.
The resolution is to be sponsored by Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., who was born in Poland and moved to the U.S. when he was a young boy. Pelosi said other Democrats who immigrated to the U.S. would also be sponsoring it.
A vote on the resolution will force Republicans to choose whether to denounce the president's comments or stick beside him.
Trump wrote on Sunday that it was "so interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe" now telling the U.S. how to run its government.
"Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Then come back and show us how it is done."
After widespread criticism of his remarks, which many called racist, the president doubled down on Monday, seemingly asking that Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley make an apology for their actions. "So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!" he wrote Monday afternoon.
At an event at the White House, Trump said he wasn't concerned about the criticism he was getting because many people agree with him.
"These are people who in my opinion hate our country," he said of the members of Congress, again not explicity calling out the lawmakers by name. "I’m not happy with them."
The president's tweets appeared to help unite House Democrats after weeks of infighting that exploded into the public last month over sending emergency money to border agencies running migrant detention centers.
The feud garnered headlines after Pelosi criticized members of the "squad," telling the New York Times that the four congresswomen "have their public whatever and their Twitter world" but do not "have any following."
Ocasio-Cortez shot back questioning why Pelosi would single out the new women of color in the caucus, telling the Washington Post it was "outright disrespectful."
The back-and-forth digs ended this weekend after Trump's attacks. Instead, Democrats united against the president and denounced his comments.
"I reject the President’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation," Pelosi said. "Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values."
The four congresswomen held a news conference Monday evening about the president's posts and remarks about them, calling the comments nothing more than a distraction.
While calling Trump's attacks racist, they used the news conference to highlight some of the president's most controversial remarks over the years and his immigration policies that are under heavy scrutiny due to the worsening conditions of migrant detention centers along the southern U.S. border. The group also used Trump's attack to highlight what they say is the need to impeach the president.
"We can either continue to enable this president and report on the pile of garage that comes out of his mouth or we can hold him accountable to his crimes," Omar said. "It is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery out of our Constitution. It is time for us to impeach this president."
On Monday, some Republicans also criticized the president's remarks, many calling for him to focus on differences of policies instead of comments about race or country of origins.
"We must be better than comments like these," Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich. "I share the political frustrations with some members of the other party, but these comments are beneath leaders."
Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd went further, saying the president's tweets were "racist."
"The tweets are racist and xenophobic," he told CNN. "It’s behavior that’s unbecoming of a President of the United States."
Republican Rep. Will Hurd speaks out against President Trump’s tweets attacking freshman Democratic congresswomen: “The tweets are racist and xenophobic. They are also inaccurate. ... It’s behavior that’s unbecoming of a President of the United States” https://t.co/1wlbCQe3uP pic.twitter.com/gLsyPVp5MP— CNN (@CNN) July 15, 2019
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Pelosi: Resolution will condemn Trump's Twitter attacks on AOC, squad