House Speaker Pelosi announced that they are moving to pass a resolution on Tuesday to condemn Trump’s racist remarks, whilst defending the four House Representatives by calling them “our sisters.” Although House Democrats are looking to obtain support from Republican House members who did not approve of Trump’s continuing verbal racist attacks against the four Democratic lawmakers, Trump has issued his own warnings against Republican Representatives who will support the resolution.
Speaker Pelosi is not perturbed, saying
If they cannot support the Democrats in condemning the words of president Trump, that is a message in and of itself.”
The situation actually turns the table on House Republican Representatives, who are now torn between the principles they uphold against racism on behalf of their constituents and their loyalty to Donald Trump as Republican U.S. president.
Background of the Circumstances that Led to the Republican Representatives’ Current Dilemma
When Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s disagreement with the four Democratic junior female members of Congress, namely Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), Ilhan Omar (Minnesota); and Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts), had escalated into stronger verbal pronouncements, Trump tried to exploit the situation.
Speaker Pelosi’s allusion to the four (4) Democratic Representatives as “those people” were blown out of context. Some took it as an indication of the Speaker’s racist stance because the four were all women of color. Except for Representative Omar who is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia, the three others were born in America and therefore, natural born U.S. citizens.
U.S. president Donald Trump who was the main subject of disagreement between Pelosi and “the squad” of freshmen Representatives, defended Ms. Pelosi by saying the latter is not a racist. Since Pelosi did not bite into Trump’s bait, the latter tweeted racist comments against the four Representatives, albeit careful not to mention any names.
Still, rather than heed the advice of his advisers and Republican colleagues to tone down his tweets, which clearly and obviously attacked the non-white personality of the four women, Trump gave voice to his tweets by reiterating them in a White House speech.
However, instead of widening the gap between Democratic House members caused by Pelosi’s continuing opposition to calls for Trump’s impeachment, the House Democrats have become more united. All House Democrats were outraged by Trump’s irreverent remarks about telling people of colored roots to go back to their country of origin if they have issues against America.
“If you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, very simply: You can leave,”
After Trump’s racist tweets, the four lawmakers held a press conference to further denounce Trump for his attempt to sow division between Democrats, and to divert attention from addressing what “the squad” calls as failed policies on healthcare, immigration and taxation.
Representative Ocasio-Cortez said.
“Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country as a way of avoiding challenges and debates over the policy,”