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house Bill H. Res. 489

Should the House Condemn President Trump Telling Members of Congress to ‘Go Back’ Where They Came From as Racist?

Argument in favor

President Donald Trump’s tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to other countries were xenophobic, bigoted, and racist. The House should take a stand by passing this resolution condemning the president’s rhetoric.

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07/16/2019
Hate cannot be tolerated in this country.
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Brian's Opinion
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07/16/2019
I'm glad the House showed where it stands. Anyone who voted against this has chosen to stand with racism. And it is racism. This is the same man who called majority African countries s***holes, the man who said white supremacists who killed a woman "very fine people", the man who questioned the birthplace of our first black President. All of these are racist acts. Go ask your black, brown, and immigrant friends, neighbors, and loved ones what racism looks like. This is it.
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07/16/2019
Yes, this President’s rhetoric needs to be condemned. The House should pass such a resolution and so should the Senate. How far does he get to drag this country down before Congress takes action?
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Argument opposed

The House shouldn’t waste time trying to score political points by voting on a non-binding resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s comments as racist & xenophobic. There are more important legislative matters to attend to.

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07/17/2019
I’m of two minds here. Frankly, I don’t consider this to be a racist comment. If Trump had made the exact same comment about Representative Malinowski, would it be considered racist? Of course not. You can make a better case for a xenophobic comment but I don’t think so either. During the upheaval of the 60’s there was a saying “America-love it or leave it.” I think Trump meant what he said in that vein. I think there are good many Americans who might agree with POTUS here. I think a good many Americans who don’t agree with certain viewpoints are getting tired of being called racist, Nazis, etc. at the end 0f the day though both sides need to lower the rhetoric.
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07/17/2019
You do realize he said to go back to the countries where you came, use your proposed policies in those countries, and come back to tell us the results. Although I don’t like how he worded the comment, that’s pretty much what he said. There isn’t anything racist or xenophobic about the stupid tweet.
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07/16/2019
Truth hurts, but it does not change the meaning. Does anyone think he said anything false because I do not. Not eloquent by any means but still true!
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed July 16th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 240 Yea / 187 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJuly 15th, 2019

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What is House Bill H. Res. 489?

This resolution would strongly condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color” by telling members of Congress who are immigrants (or were wrongly assumed to be immigrants) to “go back” to other countries and referring to immigrants and asylum-seekers as “invaders.”

Additionally, the resolution would express that the House of Representatives “believes that immigrants and their descendants have made America stronger,” are “every bit as American” as those whose families have lived in the U.S. for generations. It would add that the House is “committed to keeping America open to those lawfully seeking refuge and asylum from violence and oppression, and those who are willing to work hard to live the American Dream, no matter their race, ethnicity, faith, or country of origin.”

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if adopted.

Impact

President Donald Trump; and the House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 489

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) introduced this resolution in response to tweets by President Donald Trump over the weekend regarding Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), Ayanna Pressley (MA), and Rashida Tlaib (MI), which read:

“So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

Malinowski took to Twitter to push back on Trump’s tweets and note that only Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was born abroad:

“Unlike 3 of the “Democrat Congresswomen” Trump attacked today, I was actually born outside of the US. Does he think I should go back? This is exactly the sort of rhetoric that inspires disturbed people to violence, against Jews, Muslims, Sikhs - anyone they see as the “other.””

On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote that the House would consider a resolution “condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets” this week.

Trump later expanded on his comments about the freshmen congresswomen, adding on Twitter:

“We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is you choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country. They are anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, “some people did something.” Radical Left Democrats want Open Borders, which means drugs, crime, human trafficking and much more. Detention facilities are not Concentration Camps! America has never been stronger than it is now -- rebuilt Military, highest Stock Market EVER, lowest unemployment and more people working than ever before. Keep America Great!”

Hours later, Malinowski announced the following via tweet on Monday: 

“Tomorrow the House will take up my resolution condemning the president’s racist remarks. It will ask all members to choose: do we embrace President Reagan’s vision of an America made stronger by immigrants and refugees, or President Trump’s message of fear?”

Of Note: The rules of the House of Representatives prohibit members from disparaging their colleagues or the president on the floor during debate, and while this resolution is written to condemn the president’s comments rather than him personally it may prove a point of contention during floor debate. The presiding chair admonishes a member who violates the rule during floor debate by saying, “Members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president [or fellow members].” In some cases, the offending remarks can be stricken from the record following a vote of the House.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: White House via Flickr / Public Domain)

AKA

Condemning President Trump's racist comments directed at Members of Congress.

Official Title

Condemning President Trump's racist comments directed at Members of Congress.

    Better yet, begin impeachment hearings.
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    I’m of two minds here. Frankly, I don’t consider this to be a racist comment. If Trump had made the exact same comment about Representative Malinowski, would it be considered racist? Of course not. You can make a better case for a xenophobic comment but I don’t think so either. During the upheaval of the 60’s there was a saying “America-love it or leave it.” I think Trump meant what he said in that vein. I think there are good many Americans who might agree with POTUS here. I think a good many Americans who don’t agree with certain viewpoints are getting tired of being called racist, Nazis, etc. at the end 0f the day though both sides need to lower the rhetoric.
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    Hate cannot be tolerated in this country.
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    I'm glad the House showed where it stands. Anyone who voted against this has chosen to stand with racism. And it is racism. This is the same man who called majority African countries s***holes, the man who said white supremacists who killed a woman "very fine people", the man who questioned the birthplace of our first black President. All of these are racist acts. Go ask your black, brown, and immigrant friends, neighbors, and loved ones what racism looks like. This is it.
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    Yes, this President’s rhetoric needs to be condemned. The House should pass such a resolution and so should the Senate. How far does he get to drag this country down before Congress takes action?
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    Yes, they must- his comments were directed at duly elected American citizens who represent their constituents- who have every right to challenge his policies. I personally believe that supporting Trump’s policies is anti-American and I have the constitutional right to this belief- so do they. Just avoid the emotions that Trump is hoping to generate. Don’t let emotions trap anyone into saying anything that can be turned into a campaign “sound bite” to alienate swing voters. His cult has already drank his cool-aid and won’t change until he dismisses them when their votes are no longer needed. Hopefully, this will formally get impeachment inquiries started. A formal Impeachment process should open up blocked testimony and subpoenaed evidence- and let us all see who this man really is and not just what he has ‘marketed’ himself to be. I expect the McConnell led Senate to reject impeachment; So what? If the facts conclusively and publicly document Trump’s abuses of office, gross misrepresentations, willfully misleading of the public and/or criminal acts- let us, the American public decide the political future of Trump and those who have enabled him.
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    The phrase “go back where you came from” in any of its permutations is intended to say “you don’t belong here.” It’s racist, plain and simple, and to imply that four women, all of whom are American citizens, three of whom were born in the US (and the fourth who has been a naturalized citizen for over half her life), somehow belong elsewhere is insulting and dangerous. “Othering” a person is a first step towards dehumanizing them, which is a step towards justifying treating them as “less than,” and taking away their rights. We should all condemn President* Trump’s words as racist, and hold our elected officials to higher standards.
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    This president is toxic to our nation's culture. His racist, xenophobic rhetoric is not becoming of the office and should not be tolerated or excused by the American people. As our elected officials, please do the right thing and stand up for diversity and inclusion.
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    Impeach the liar 🤥
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    We cannot allow that kind of blatant racism to stand unchallenged. The GOP silence and twisting weaseling words to escape the fallout from this stupidity is pathetic. To sit silently by is, in essence to be morally complicit in the act itself. Demand a public apology. This vile behavior must not stand.
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    You do realize he said to go back to the countries where you came, use your proposed policies in those countries, and come back to tell us the results. Although I don’t like how he worded the comment, that’s pretty much what he said. There isn’t anything racist or xenophobic about the stupid tweet.
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    Once again this is a no brainer. I’m not asking I’m telling you to.
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    Truth hurts, but it does not change the meaning. Does anyone think he said anything false because I do not. Not eloquent by any means but still true!
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    He and his base feed off of hate. It needs to be condemned every step of the way or else it becomes the norm. He’s already normalized so much that most people if asked wether these acts were presidential or not before trump was in office would have told you no way. Never would we elect someone like that but here we are. The normalization of amoral behavior brings us one step closer to authoritarianism.
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    Republicans need to get a damn backbone and call this racist con man out! Their silence is just condoning these actions! So tired of this mad man in the White House getting by with dividing America with his hatred! He needs to be impeached NOW so America can hopefully start the process of healing from the damage that he has done! MAKE AMERICA KIND AGAIN!
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    What Trump said about Congresswomen of color was disgusting. It’s time to impeach him. Trump Republicans have to stop being cowards or they’ll be remembered for being on the wrong side of history. Lindsey Graham needs to be censured for called the women Communists. He sounds like he has lost his mind. #impeachnow
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    We are raising children to be color blind and here is the President letting them know it's acceptable to judge people by the color of their skin and to call them out in front of the world with racist insults. This would get a student expelled, an employee fired, a company sued, but the President thinks he can say such racist things like also calling Mexicans rapist and get away with it. It has to stop. This is not what we want for America it's embarrassing.
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    Yeah there was no excuse for that. No one still supporting the president is anything but a bigot at this point.
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    He is a racist. Period. If the most recent behavior of this jackass doesn’t constitute racism, then the construct doesn’t exist. He should be impeached immediately. And yet the republicans continue to support him. How can they not be considered racists as well? If it quacks like a duck.....
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    A House resolution stating that Trump is a racist jerk won’t change anything but will reinforce what the rest of us have said all along. At least this time it will have Congressional approval!
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