President Donald Trump pressured fellow Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday to support him and vote against a symbolic measure condemning his racially charged attacks on four minority Democratic congresswomen.
Outrage sparked by Trump’s Sunday tweetstorm – in which he told the group of 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.
Democrats, who have a majority in the House, were expected to pass the symbolic resolution of condemnation on Tuesday evening.
“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.
Pelosi’s speech sparked a two-hour limbo on the floor after Republicans argued she broke debate rules by characterizing the president as racist.
Trump and Republican leaders canceled a late-afternoon meeting as the drama wore on.