WASHINGTON (Gray DC/AP) -- In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted Tuesday night to condemn President Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump's Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn't "a racist bone in my body."
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) comments on Trump's tweets and the House vote to condemn them. (Source: Gray DC)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) felt the Democratic House overreacted to the tweets and misinterpreted “being proud of our country” as racism.
“It used to not be a crime to be proud of being an American and proud of America,” Gohmert said.
Trump's online criticism was aimed at four freshman Democrats who have garnered attention since their arrival in January for their outspoken liberal views and thinly veiled distaste for Trump: Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All were born in the U.S. except for Omar, who came to the U.S. as a child after fleeing Somalia with her family. Only four GOP lawmakers in the House voted to condemn the tweets for “racism.”
President Trump is known to take to Twitter nearly every day to speak to the American people. While some on the left find his tweets controversial, Gohmert sees Twitter as a healthy release for the president. Gohmert believes that no president has ever faced the same level of media criticism as President Trump, especially within the 24-hour news cycle.
“What I came to realize early on, if tweeting will help him not go absolutely stark-raving mad, then tweet all you want to.” Gohmert said.
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