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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday denied that his tweets suggesting that four minority congresswomen leave the country were racist, imploring House Republicans to reject a resolution set for a vote Tuesday that condemns his statements as “racist comments that have legitimized increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”
On Monday, Mr. Trump told reporters he was not concerned that his comments about the so-called Squad were being heard as racist and embraced by white nationalists. A day later, the president raged on Twitter against the resolution, calling it a “con game.” He renewed his harsh criticism of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
“Those Tweets were NOT Racist,” Mr. Trump wrote. “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.”
The vote on the resolution, scheduled for Tuesday evening, is developing into a show of unity for Democrats who had been squabbling for weeks — and a test of Republican principles.
In a closed-door meeting of House Democrats on Tuesday morning, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California called the four freshman congresswomen “our sisters,” and said the insults to which Mr. Trump subjected them echo hurtful and offensive remarks he makes every day.
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