House Readies Vote, as Trump Denies Racism

'I don't have a Racist bone in my body!' he writes
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2019 10:01 AM CDT
Updated Jul 16, 2019 1:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – The controversy over President Trump's tweeted criticism of four progressive lawmakers was poised to ratchet up even more Tuesday as the House prepared to vote on a resolution condemning his words as racist. Before the vote, however, Trump shot back against that accusation. Details and developments:

  • The resolution: NPR has the full text. It declares that Trump's "racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."
  • Trump: In morning tweets, the president pushed back. "Those Tweets were NOT Racist," Trump wrote. "I don't have a Racist bone in my body!" He referred to Democrats' plan to pass the resolution condemning his tweets as a "con game" and said Republicans "should not show 'weakness' and fall into their trap." He again accused the four lawmakers—Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—of hating the US and said Congress should investigate the women's previous statements instead of his.
  • Elaborating: "Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said," the president wrote. Later, talking to reporters, Trump held up papers and said he had "a list of things here said by the congresswomen that is so bad, so horrible that I almost don’t want to read it," per the Washington Post. He did not offer specifics.

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