New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez struck out at Republican House members on Tuesday over their support for President Donald Trump following his racist tweets against her and three fellow congresswomen after only four GOP members voted in favor of condemning the U.S. leader’s language.
Despite Republicans’ support for the president, the House voted 240-187 on Tuesday evening to officially condemn Trump’s racist language after he told Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley to “go back” to the “crime-infested places from which they came.”
While the House vote fell for the most part along party lines, Republican Reps. Will Hurd, Susan Brooks, Fred Upton and Brian Fitzpatrick all voted in support of the measure, along with Justin Amash, who parted ways with the GOP earlier this month.
The rest, Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview with CBS News, alongside Tlaib, Omar and Pressley, “could not bring themselves to have the basic human decency to vote against the statement that the president made on the floor.”
“No matter what their public statement or what their public gesture or public discomfort,” she said.
Asked what kind of message GOP representatives were sending, Tlaib jumped in to respond: “The normalization of it. The fact that it’s against our core American values. That they’re choosing him over country.”
Earlier in the interview, Tlaib branded Trump’s tweets a “distraction.”
“I’m dealing with the biggest bully I’ve ever had to deal with in my lifetime and trying to push back on that and trying to do the job that we’ve all been sent here to do, which is centered around the people at home,” she said.
While a number of Republicans have spoken out against Trump’s racist comments, Ocasio-Cortez said “absolutely not” enough GOP members had condemned the U.S. leader’s words.
Trump himself has stood behind his attack on the four congresswomen, who have been labeled “The Squad,” claiming he does not “have a racist bone in my body!”
The president also said that if the four lawmakers were unhappy in the United States, “they can leave.”
In his own statement, Hurd branded the U.S. leader’s tweets “racist and xenophobic.”
“They’re also inaccurate,” he said. “The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States. Three of the four were born here. It’s also behavior that’s unbecoming of the leader of the free world. He should be talking about things that unite, not divide us.”
Meanwhile, Brooks, who is set to retire from Congress at the end of her term, tweeted on Tuesday that she had voted to condemn Trump’s “racially offensive remarks” because they “do not reflect American values.”
However, Brooks added that she continues to be “disappointed that the Democrats refuse to hold their own members accountable for their targeted, anti-Semitic and hateful speech.
“We must remember our words matter and carry great weight,” she said. “Our words and the ways in which we deliver them have a lasting impact on those who hear them.”