Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s continued attacks on four sitting members of Congress. U.S. Representative Terri Sewell, D-Selma, voted in favor of the resolution.
“The President’s continued attacks on four Congresswomen of color who he said should go back where they came from are offensive and overtly racist,” Sewell said. “These Congresswomen are U.S. citizens who have sworn an oath to defend the Constitution and improve our nation. Right now, that means they are speaking out against Trump Administration policies that keep innocent children in cages and continue to tear families apart. To suggest their voices do not belong based on the color of their skin is below the dignity of the presidency.”
“I know I was elected to improve the everyday lives of those living in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District,” Sewell said. “The President should be working with Members of Congress to solve the challenges our country is facing, not engaging in attacks on Members’ personal character that stand in the way of progress. The President should get off of Twitter and start working to raise wages, improve and expand health care access and lower the price of prescription drugs. None of us can afford to go backward. We should all be working to move this nation forward.”
Former South Carolina Governor and Congressman Mark Sanford has revealed that he’s considering a primary challenge against President Trump.
Sanford appeared on ABC’s “The View” on Thursday. He agreed with Democrats that the president’s recent attacks on four freshman congresswomen were racist.
“Well, to me, if it quacks like a duck and it swims like a duck and it flies like a duck, it’s a duck,” Sanford said when asked about the president’s recent comments.
Rep. Sanford was critical of the President. Trump responded by attacking him on Twitter and then endorsing Sanford’s congressional primary opponents. South Carolina primary voters chose his opponent.
The President has said that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) should “go back” to their countries.
At a Trump rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, Trump supporters chanted “Send her back, send her back.” Alabama Republican Congress members voted against the resolution.
Sewell is in her fifth term representing Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District.
(Original reporting by Fox News and ABC News contributed to this report.)