US President faces House condemnation after his tweets on minority congresswomen

Vastavam web: President Donald Trump pressured fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday to stand with him and vote against a symbolic measure condemning his racially charged attacks on four Democratic congresswomen. Democrats, who have a majority in the House, were expected to pass the symbolic resolution of condemnation on Tuesday evening. But it is Republican lawmakers who will be in the spotlight as they will be forced to either vote against their party’s leader, who has strong support among conservatives, or effectively defend him.

“These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and these comments are racist,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the floor of the House. Republicans objected to Pelosi’s remarks, saying she broke House debate rules, leading to protracted discussions with the House parliamentarian.

Only a handful of Republican lawmakers have spoken out against Trump’s tweets about the congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – and their criticism has been muted.

House Republican leadership recommended members vote against the resolution, which says the House “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimised and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of colour.”