(I don’t like to use “breaking” — it’s overused — but this one calls for it.)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday said that Republican lawmakers “must join” Democrats in “condemning the President's xenophobic tweets” and urged Democrats to support a resolution put forward by House Democratic lawmakers.
It’s unclear when the resolution will be introduced or voted on, but it’s clear Pelosi is planning to put Republicans on the spot. And no matter how irritating she may find AOC and the other freshpeople, it is also clear she stands up for them.
Update: from the Washington Post:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday urged support for an upcoming resolution that would condemn tweets by President Trump in which he said that a group of minority, liberal congresswomen should “go back” to their home countries.
In a letter to Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said that Trump had gone “beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress” and that Democrats would “forcefully respond to these disgusting acts.”
The WaPo story adds:
And a House vote condemning Trump would also put Republicans on record about comments that have been widely criticized as racist. Congressional Republicans have largely stayed silent on the matter, fearful of chastising a leader in the White House who is popular with the GOP base.
As of now, Trump has not tweeted. Cue the sh!tstorm in 3 … 2 … 1