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.”
The language and tone being used by so many in our country needs to change. The Hatfield versus McCoy brand of politics must end. Democrats and Republicans need to start treating each other respectfully and like human beings. We are all created in the image and likeness of God.
— Brian Fitzpatrick (@RepBrianFitz) July 16, 2019
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.
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.
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-1st District
U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-2nd District
U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District
Thank you to @malinowski @tedlieu @RepDMP @RepCarbajal @CongressmanRaja @RepSires for standing up for Americans like yourselves who were born overseas – I was proud to stand with you today & am proud to serve with you in the people’s House. pic.twitter.com/CjJZk2jSmK
— Dwight Evans (@RepDwightEvans) July 16, 2019
U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean. D-4th District
Just voted to condemn the President’s racist rhetoric.
We can’t allow it to stand.
His words contradict America’s promise – that we are all created equal, and that each of us has a role to play in forging a more perfect Union. Not just for white Americans – for all Americans. https://t.co/pzRhPn0Y3r
— Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (@RepDean) July 16, 2019
U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District
We must condemn racist and divisive comments that are unworthy of the office of the President and the values of our country. I am proud to cosponsor this legislation. https://t.co/kvlsoHOwhc
— Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (@RepMGS) July 16, 2019
U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District
U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District
It is deeply troubling to see this kind of race-baiting targeted at these hard working Congresswomen. It’s divisive, distracting, and wrong. We should all hold ourselves to a much higher standard. https://t.co/MT5oSP6hh8
— Rep. Susan Wild (@RepSusanWild) July 14, 2019
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright D-8th District
Today the House will vote, again, to rebuke the President for ill-conceived and obviously racist remarks. Is he just distracting everyone from his efforts to take away protections for pre-existing conditions in court?
— Matt Cartwright (@RepCartwright) July 16, 2019
U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District
U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District
.@realdonaldtrump’s attack on four of my Democratic Colleagues was racist and un-American. They are American citizens and elected to Congress by their fellow Americans, and they are doing their duty to address corruption and ineptitude in the Trump Administration.
— Mike Doyle (@USRepMikeDoyle) July 15, 2019
U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, R-9th District
I strongly oppose Democrat leadership’s latest effort to harass @realDonaldTrump. For years, he and his supporters have been subjected to baseless attacks. Such slander is a disservice to our nation and the American people, and I am tired of it. pic.twitter.com/htnUA3B2Dc
— Congressman Dan Meuser (@RepMeuser) July 16, 2019
U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District
I’m disappointed to find that many in the media are just awakening to the anti-American and anti-Semitic comments uttered consistently by some socialist leaders. I invite everyone to join me as we continue strengthening our Country and communities. #GodBlessAmerica
— RepScottPerry (@RepScottPerry) July 15, 2019
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-11th District
— Rep. Lloyd Smucker (@RepSmucker) July 15, 2019
U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-12th District
This week, House Democrats have called both Speaker Pelosi and President Trump racist. Neither are racist! In fact, they’ve spent all of the past 2 days name calling instead of working on issues that will improve the lives of all American families. Stop the insanity! Get to work!
— Fred Keller (@RepFredKeller) July 16, 2019
U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District
My statement on tonight's resolution – pic.twitter.com/zcR9WOL5kF
— John Joyce (@RepJohnJoyce) July 16, 2019
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