“It’s important for the world to know that’s not how we think, that’s not how we feel,” Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) said Thursday afternoon at a news conference. “The people from these countries, the leadership of these countries, were hurt.”
This is the latest of several efforts to officially censure the president for remarks dealing with race; like efforts to officially chastise his comments about white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, this censure effort is expected to falter in a Republican-controlled House.
“He uses remarks like this to stir up people’s emotions; to play to his minority base of extremist supporters who don’t want any solution for ‘dreamers’ and support the most nationalist, xenophobic and bigoted policies; and he wants to turn the subject away from other issues that show he is losing control as investigators close in, his influence diminishes, and his popularity continues to plummet,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
Richmond acknowledged that the censure effort might be stopped by Republicans on Nadler’s committee, or in the full House.
“If the speaker doesn’t bring this resolution up for a vote, he’s associating himself with the remarks the president made,” Richmond said, referring to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).
Asked about Ryan’s comments criticizing Trump’s remarks, Richmond scoffed at how the speaker had called them “unfortunate,” and not called them out as racist.
“It’s unfortunate when the airline loses my luggage,” Richmond said. “There are a number of words for what the president said, but ‘unfortunate’ is not one of them.”