Donald Trump faced a humiliating defeat in the House of Representatives on Tuesday after a bipartisan group of lawmakers voted to condemn his recent racist rampage against four congresswomen of color.
While the vote was largely along party lines, it wasn’t completely partisan. A handful of Republicans and the House’s only independent, Rep. Justin Amash, joined with Democrats to condemn Trump’s bigotry – a fact that will likely get under the president’s very thin skin.
The condemnation passed by a 240-187 majority.
While it was a bipartisan rebuke of the president’s racism, that didn’t stop Republicans from trying to prevent the measure from advancing.
As The New York Times pointed out, “Republicans ground the proceedings to a halt shortly before the House was preparing to vote,” with one GOP congressman, Dan Meuser of Pennsylvania, saying of the Democratic measure, “This ridiculous slander does a disservice to our nation.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t budge an inch, as The Times reported on Tuesday:
“There’s no excuse for any response to those words but a swift and strong, unified condemnation,” Ms. Pelosi said as the House debated the resolution. “Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets.”
As Republicans rose to protest, Ms. Pelosi turned toward them on the House floor and picked up her speech, her voice rising as she added, “To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people.”
Moments after Trump was condemned, a House Dem pushed impeachment resolution
The bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday was bad enough for Trump. But moments after the resolution passed, Democratic Rep. Al Green pushed an impeachment resolution.
After the events unfolded on the House floor, MSNBC’s Ari Melber explained how today was “not a normal day for America.”
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Ultimately, it was a shameful day for the country, particularly for the Republican Party who largely stood with Trump and his racism.
But it’s also a humiliating day for the president, who was formally called a racist by the United States House of Representatives – something we all know, even though most GOP leaders were too cowardly to admit it.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.