WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress voted largely along party lines Tuesday to condemn President Donald Trump's inflammatory tweets.
In those tweets — directed at four freshman representatives, all of them women of color — he suggested they should go back to the country they came from.
"Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president's racist tweets," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
Pelosi broke House rules in saying Trump made racist statements and was temporarily barred from speaking. However, the point was made and four Republicans plus one former Republican did vote with the Democratic conference.
None of those GOP members were from New York.
Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY-27, called the vote a deflection by Democrats to hide from their own dismal record, continuing they "should get to work and join the President in negotiating a budget for next year, raising the nation’s debt ceiling and finding a way to solve the crisis on our Southern border.”
Southern Tier Republican Tom Reed said the tweets were inappropriate but he, like Trump, believes the ideology of the congresswomen is bad for the country. He argued the president is not a racist and also opposed the resolution.
"I believe that the better course is for all sides is to stand down," Reed said. "Let's focus on problems facing people back home and let's leave that partisan rhetoric on both sides to the sideline."
Buffalo Democrat Brian Higgins said the tweets were, in fact, racist and hateful.
“He continues to set a divisive tone that is not just wrong but dangerous, and should be unacceptable to anyone who takes pride in this country," Higgins said.
The president, meanwhile, continued to defend the tweets, Wednesday quoting a Louisiana senator who called the Congress members the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse and wack jobs.