After a day full of partisan bickering, the House of Representatives condemned the president for making racist remarks against four of its members.
The vote was 240 to 187, mostly along party lines.
Four Republicans and one independent voted with the Democratic majority. This happened while the president continued to hold his stance on telling those members to go back to where they came from.
"It's up to them. It’s up to them. They can leave; they can stay. But they should love our country. And they should work for the good of our country,” President Trump said.
In a tweet, the president insisted again his remarks weren’t racist.
New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – one of the recipients of the president’s rhetoric – believes otherwise.
“Of course they are,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I’ve personally never met a racist who admitted it but to tell American citizens of color to go back to their own country is hallmark, classic white supremacist language.”
The House vote caps days of back and forth between the president, Democratic leadership and the so-called squad, which is made up of four progressive freshman Democrats.
“These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and the comments are racist,” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Republican leadership has largely avoided directly addressing the situation, either by dodging questions about whether the president’s remarks were racist or by attempting to the turn the tables on Democrats with buzzwords.
“From the president to the speaker to freshmen members of the House, all of us have a responsibility to elevate the public discourse,” said Senator Mitch McConnell.
“This is about ideology,” said Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy. “This is about socialism vs. freedom.”
Meanwhile, Democrats say this issue will come back in 2020.
“The Republicans seem to be more outraged that the speaker acknowledged the truth than the truth,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “They’re more upset that the speaker acknowledged that the president’s racist tweets than the fact that the president issued racist tweets.”