Racism: Trump defends, Republicans shut up
Donald Trump defended on Tuesday all racism after his violent tweets targeting four Democratic minority elects, who pushed Congress to step up to the plate.
The lower house of Congress on Tuesday passed a motion condemning statements deemed “racist” by President Donald Trump.
“Every member of this institution, whether Democratic or Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets,” said Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrats. “Not doing it would reject our values,” she added.
A few hours earlier, the tempestuous tenant of the White House had called on the elected officials of his party not to fall into the “trap” set according to him by his opponents.
“These tweets were NOT racist. There is not an ounce of racism in me! “He said, citing his attacks on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.
True to his strategy of fueling the controversies he himself created, the Republican billionaire took care to repeat his message of the day before: “Our country is free, beautiful and prosperous. If you hate our country, or if you’re not happy here, you can go! ”
With the approach of the presidential election of November 2020, it seems more determined than ever to galvanize its electoral base – overwhelmingly white – and to do everything possible to fuel divisions among its political opponents.
Trump caution against Trump
Mr. Trump knows he can count on the support of the Republican Congressmen.
Because if here and there elected “Grand Old Party” have denounced the presidential tweets, they are on the whole very cautious in their criticism towards the one who will be – except huge surprise – their candidate in 2020.
Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, has stuck to a very general statement. “We all have a responsibility […], our words are important,” he said, before adding, in response to a question, that the president was, in his eyes, “not a racist.
For Kevin McCarthy, leader of the Republican minority in the House, the whole controversy “is just a political story.”
After advising the four elected on Sunday to “return” to “these totally failed and crime-ridden places,” Trump intensified his attacks on Monday, accusing them of “hating” America.
The four women targeted, three of whom were born in the United States, responded together on Monday night, showing their determination not to give in to attacks from the White House.
Donald Trump “does not know how to defend his policy, so he attacks us personally,” said Rashida Tlaib. Her attacks “are in the continuity of her racist and xenophobic division,” she added.
“Ignorant and insulting” statements
For former Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who has had many bickering with the White House tenant, the silence of his party members can not, in such a case, be justified.
“I have often said that republican elected representatives can not be expected to answer all the president’s declarations. But there are times when they are so ignoble and insulting that it is up to them to condemn them, “he tweeted.
Chuck Schumer, leader of the Democratic Senators, has once again deplored the silence in the ranks of the presidential party.
“It’s frightening to see how many of my Republican colleagues have just let the storm through without saying a word,” he said. And to wonder if this silence reflects an “agreement” with the president or “embarrassment” in front of his remarks. “In both cases, it’s inexcusable,” he says.
For Joe Biden, vice president under Barack Obama and Democratic nominee for 2020, no president in American history “was as overtly racist as this man.”
“Can you imagine a conservative president like George W. Bush making such racist statements?” Bernie Sanders, who is also hoping to be Democratic in the next presidential election, also launched.