STATEMENT: CAP’s Danyelle Solomon Applauds House Condemnation of Trump’s Racist Comments

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted largely along party lines to condemn President Donald Trump’s racist tweets directed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). Following the vote, Danyelle Solomon, vice president of Race and Ethnicity Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

Today, Democratic members of the House, along with only four Republicans, and one Independent, stood behind their colleagues and rejected the hateful and harmful language used by the president of the United States. No one should be shocked by President Trump’s recent actions. He has a long, well-documented history of invoking directly and indirectly racist and offensive tropes about immigrants and people of color. His comments also shed light, once again, on who he believes is American. Telling people of color to go back to where they came from is code language for “you don’t belong here.” But they are exactly where they are supposed to be—and their voices will be heard. There is nothing more American than the presence of these four women in the U.S. House of Representatives using their First Amendment rights to dissent and critique the policy and practices of approval the Trump administration.

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