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Trump's race tweets send Washington into midsummer madness

Posted on 15 Jul 2019 by admin

A Trump-induced midsummer madness enveloped the capital Tuesday, melting down some of the last bonds of civility needed for a functioning governing system.

The uproar set off by Trump's racist tweets echoed from the White House to Capitol Hill, confirming the truism that no one who chooses to go into battle alongside or against this street fighting President ever emerges truly unscathed.

The House erupted in bitter recriminations as Democrats passed a resolution condemning Trump for telling four minority lawmakers to "go back" to their "crime infested" countries. Three of the four women were born in the US. The other is a naturalized citizen.

Only four Republicans voted with the Democrats. The rest of their party instead tried to censure Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- surreally accusing her of breaking the chamber's arcane manners when she said Trump's rhetoric was "disgraceful and disgusting" and "racist."

At one point, the presiding officer, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, laid down his gavel and walked out in frustration.

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