That was Trump’s reaction to the House resolution condemning Trump for his racist tweets:
Amazing.— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) July 17, 2019
Rep @ericswalwell verbatim cites 45’s racist remarks—& while refusing to condemn the remarks as racist, GOP demands they be “taken down” b/c they’re “unparliamentary”
So they’re not racist when 45 says them but “unparliamentary” when repeated?🤔pic.twitter.com/fRzmDyxEoy
Trump being a racist may not be the biggest take-away. The Republicans almost uniformly standing behind him might be the real story.
190 Republicans just voted that telling someone to go back where they came from was not a racist statement.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) July 16, 2019
Own it, folks.
Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Will Hurd (R-TX), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Fred Upton (R-MI) were the only four House Republicans to buck the president on this vote. Brooks announced her retirement last month.
It’s not politicians either. The Republican PEOPLE want this too. A Reuters poll taken over the past two days show Trump going UP among Republicans:
The national survey, conducted on Monday and Tuesday after Trump told the lawmakers they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” showed his net approval among members of his Republican Party rose by 5 percentage points to 72%, compared with a similar poll that ran last week.
Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, has lost support, however, with Democrats and independents since the Sunday tweetstorm.
Among independents, about three out of 10 said they approved of Trump, down from four out of 10 a week ago. His net approval – the percentage who approve minus the percentage who disapprove – dropped by 2 points among Democrats in the poll.
Trump’s overall approval remained unchanged over the past week. According to the poll, 41% of the U.S. public said they approved of his performance in office, while 55% disapproved.
Another new poll from USA TODAY/Ipsos shows that 57 percent of Republicans agree with Trump’s tweets. Overall, though, 62 percent of those surveyed — Dems, Reps, and Independents — said they disagree with the tweets, with 68 percent calling them offensive and 59 percent calling them un-American. Republicans were also slightly more split on whether the tweets were offensive, with 42 percent saying they weren’t but 37 percent saying they were. These questions were specifically asked of those who said they had heard of these weekend tweets from Trump.
The Republican support for the tweet is in spite of the fact that in this same poll, a plurality of Republicans, 45 percent, said that telling minorities to “go back where they came from” is a racist statement, although 34 percent said it’s not.