These Four Republicans Voted To Condemn Trump's Racist Tweets




The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a symbolic Democratic-led resolution condemning Trump's racist Tweets in which directed to a group Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Presley and Rashida Tlaib. In a Tweet, the President told the Congresswomen to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime ingested places from which they came". All Democrats, one Independent and only four Republicans voted in support of the resolution. Who are the four Republicans who joined Democrats? The Code has introduced them here.


Rep. Will Hurd (TX)

Ironically enough, Texas' 23rd congressional district, the district Congressman Hurd represents, spreads 550 miles across the U.S.-Mexican boarder in Texas, from San Antonio to El Paso, areas that are at forefront of the influx of immigrants from the Northern Triangle and the immigration debate.


His vote of support for the Dem-led Resolution is no surprise. Hurd is the son of African-American father and a White mother. He is also the only African-American Republican in the 116th Congress and one of seven since 1930's. His African-American ancestry may explain his support for the Resolution. On Twitter, the congressman said "there is no room in America for racism, sexism, antisemitism, xenophobia and hate. I voted to condemn the President's tweets today but I hope that Speaker Pelosi also considers holding members of her own party accountable to the same degree to which she holds the President". The Congressman has also extended his opposition to Trumps racist remarks outside Twitter. On CNN's Christiane Amanpour & Company, Hurd said that while he does not support the policies of the Democratic party, in particular the progressive arm of the party, he believes the debate should center around disagreements, not racist attacks. He further explained his willingness to enter democratic spaces with the mission of propagating conservative messages and the increasing difficulty of doing such actions as Trump ramps up his volatile nationalist messages.


Re. Susan Brooks (IN)

Susan Brooks took a similar stance on the issue. In a Tweet, Brooks says, "today, I voted to condemn the racially offensive remarks the leader of our country made. However, I remain disappointed that the Democrats refuse to hold their own members accountable for their targeted, anti-Semitic and hateful speech". Representing some of Indianas - a red state - most affluent towns, Brooks' divergence away from the Republican Party and her support for the Resolution condemning Trump's racist remarks comes a no cost to her. The 4-term Republican has announced she not will be seeking a re-election bid in 2020. Free of pressure from the White House, Brooks has publicly denounced Trump's remark in various media platforms. In the past, FiveThirtyEight shows when voting for measures in the House, Brooks has voted 99% of the time in favor of Trump policies.


Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA)

Lugar Center of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, placed Fitzpatrick second among all members of the House of Representatives, and the most bipartisan member currently serving in the 116th Congress. FiveThirtyEight voting record indicates that as opposed to Rep. Unlike Rep. Brooks long spanning loyalty to Trump, Fitzpatrick has voted in favor liberal policies like providing humanitarian aid to immigrants the U.S.-Mexican boarder, supported a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and opposed a ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. In Tweet, the Congressman demanded "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".


Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06)

Michigan's Upton has shown an increasing resistance to Trump policies and actions. In the 155th Congress the Congressman voted 97% of time in favor of Trump policies. His support for the Administration however dramatically decrease in the 116th congress where Upton voted only 54% of time in favor or Trump policies. He has voted in favor of gun reform, path to citizenship for Dreamers and disapproved of the lifting of sanctions of multiple Russian companies. In a Tweet he justified his support for the Democratic-led Resolution as a vote that "targeted at the specific words that frankly are not acceptable from a leader in any work place large or small", "...America embraces diversity, and that must continue", he added.

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