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House votes to condemn President Trump's 'go home' comments

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jul 16, 2019

House Democrats, along with four Republicans and the only independent member of Congress, voted to condemn President Donald Trump's comments telling four progressive Democrats to "go back" to their home countries.

The resolution was approved by a 240-187 margin.

The Republicans breaking from party ranks were Will Heard of Texas, Fred Upton of Michigan, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Susan Brooks of Indiana. Independent Rep. Justin Amash also voted along with the Democratic majority. Amash recently left the Republican party, and has been a vocal Trump critic.

The vote did not come without controversy.

During House Speaker's Nancy Pelosi's House speech on the resolution, Republicans objected by saying that her comments violated the House's rules on decorum. Republicans then called for a vote to strike Pelosi's comments from the record.

With Democrats holding the majority, the motion to strike her comments was defeated.

Later during the debate, ex presidential candidate Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, drew controversy by discussing comments made by Trump referring to "s---hole countries." Swalwell later withdrew those words from the record.