WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump urged House Republicans on Tuesday to oppose a resolution condemning him over racist tweets against four House congresswomen.
"The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game," Trump tweeted. "Republicans should not show 'weakness' and fall into their trap."
Trump's latest tweets came as House Democrats were preparing a vote on a resolution that would condemn the president's comments about four progressive lawmakers, all of whom are women of color.
Trump on Sunday suggested that the lawmakers "go back" to the countries they "originally came from" instead of telling Americans "how our government is to be run."
The four House members, all critics of Trump, are Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley D-Mass., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
All four are U.S. citizens.
Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019
Several Republican lawmakers have distanced themselves from Trump's tweets, though in a news conference on Tuesday House GOP leaders stopped short of criticizing president's comments and instead criticized the Democrat congresswomen.
Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, wrote on Twitter that Trump's comments were "racist and he should apologize. We must work as a country to rise above hate, not enable it."
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Trump and the party should work to defeat Democrats on the merits of their ideas, not on their ancestry.
“President Trump was wrong to suggest that four left-wing congresswomen should go back to where they came from," Toomey said in a statement. "Three of the four were born in America and the citizenship of all four is as valid as mine."
However, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the top Republican in the House, told reporters he does not believe Trump's tweets were racist, adding that "I believe this is about ideology. This is about socialism versus freedom."
Protesting the House resolution during a Tuesday Twitter storm, Trump insisted his Sunday tweets "were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!"
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump to GOP: Don't show 'weakness' on racism claims against me