Pa.’s Fitzpatrick votes with Dems to condemn Trump’s tweets on Ocasio-Cortez, minority women in Congress

U.S. Rep Brian Fitzpatrick. (AFGE/Flickr)

WASHINGTON — Bucks County U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick stuck to his maverick guns on Tuesday night, splitting with his fellow Republicans to vote with the U.S. House’s Democratic majority to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments directed at Members of Congress.” 

The resolution passed the chamber by a vote of 240-187, with three other Republicans and one independent joining Fitzpatrick and their Democratic colleagues in publicly condemning Trump after he suggested that four Democratic congresswomen “go back” to the “places from which they came.” 

Trump’s comments — which targeted Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — have dominated the political discourse on Capitol Hill this week. Democrats have overwhelmingly excoriated the president, while many Republicans have defended him or sought to avoid the issue. 

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The resolution, a stinging rebuke against the president, states that the House “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should ‘go back’ to other countries.” 

The other House Republicans who broke ranks with their party were Reps. Susan Brooks of Indiana, Will Hurd of Texas, and Fred Upton of Michigan. Justin Amash, a Michigan independent who recently abandoned the GOP, also voted in favor of the resolution. 

Here’s how the rest of Pennsylvania’s delegation voted on the resolution:

Yes:

U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-1st District

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-2nd District

U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean. D-4th District

U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright D-8th District

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District

No:

U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, R-9th District

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-11th District

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-12th District

U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District

U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-14th District

U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-15th District

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District

An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Rep. Mike Doyle (18th) is incorrectly listed as a Republican in this article. Had more than four Republicans voted in favor of this resolution, I’m sure I’d have missed it.

    • Inadvertent typo – but it should not have slipped through. Long day, late night. Thanks for the heads-up. It’s been fixed.

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