Pelosi blasts Trump's 'racist' comments ahead of rebuke vote

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Published on July 16, 2019 - Duration: 01:40s

Pelosi blasts Trump's 'racist' comments ahead of rebuke vote

President Donald Trump faces condemnation for his remarks about four minority Democratic congresswoman as the House gets ready to vote on a symbolic measure censuring what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called "racist", "disgraceful and disgusting" comments.

Republicans objected to Pelosi's remarks, saying she broke House debate rules.

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Pelosi blasts Trump's 'racist' comments ahead of rebuke vote

Democrats, who have a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, were expected to pass the symbolic resolution of condemnation on Tuesday.

"These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and these comments are racist," Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the floor of the House Chamber.

Only a handful of Republican lawmakers have spoken out against Trump's tweets about the congresswomen - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan - and their criticism has been muted.

Outrage over Trump's Sunday tweetstorm - in which he told the four congresswomen to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came" - has since diverted attention from all other business in Washington.

All four lawmakers are U.S. citizens; three were born in the United States.

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