When members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted on whether to publicly condemn President Donald Trump’s latest racist outburst — this one directed at a quartet of non-white Democratic congresswomen — the results were predictably partisan.
Democrats voted to censure Trump, and the bulk of House Republicans voted against the measure. We can track just how low expectations have sunk by noting that only four Republicans felt comfortable noting for the public record that blatantly racist comments from a sitting president are out of line.
Total vote tally: 240 in favour of rebuking Trump’s Twitter rant, 187 against.
Last weekend’s Twitter screed prompted calls to relocate the 2022 PGA Championship, scheduled for a Trump golf course in New Jersey. Instead, the organization told Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold they would rather “stick to sports.”
There’s no good-faith debate over whether the president’s tweets about congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib were racist. They were. The only discussion is where this latest outburst fits on a spectrum that spans discrimination against non-white renters (Trump’s real estate company was sued for it in 1973), defending neo-Nazis as “very fine people” (Trump post-Charlottesville, 2017) and a Klan rally (where Trump’s father Fred was arrested in 1927).
Racism explains why Trump told the group, now known as The Squad, to return to their countries, even though only Omar was born outside the U.S. and all are American citizens. If progressive politics was the problem, Trump would launch a similar broadside at Bernie Sanders. He hasn’t, just like he’s never suggested Republican rival-turned-ally Ted Cruz should return to his country — Canada.