in the vicinityVideoRep John Lewis Trumps tweets: I know racism when I see it
Georgia Congressman speaks on the house floor before the vote to condemn the President’s statements.
Georgia Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis stepped in to condemn his Democratic colleagues in supporting the resolution, the President of trump’s tweets, on the House floor, “I know racism when I see it.”
“I stand with a sense of righteous indignation to support this decision. I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it. And t Lewis began the highest level of government, there is no place for racism”.
“It sows the seeds of violence and destroyed the hopes and dreams of the people. The world is watching. You are shocked and dismayed, because it seems we have lost our way. As a nation, as a proud and great people. We are a Congress. And we are here to serve, a house, the American house, the American people.”
Lewis went on to say that he and others were “victims of the stain, the pain, and the pain of racism” and during the Civil Rights movement, he had been told of segregation ists, “to go back.”
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“As a nation and as a people, we must go forward and not backward,” Lewis. “With this vote, we stand with our sisters – three were born in America and came here in search of a better life. With this choice, we will meet our moral obligation, condition, hatred, racism and bigotry in any form.”
He added, “Do what is right, what is fair and what is just.”
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The house agreed to the resolution to condemn, the President of trump’s tweets, which were targeted to the four progressive women in Congress: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. The vote led to 240-187 with four Republicans and an independent legislator, to the accession of the Democrats.