Condemn Donald Trumps tweets? Here’s a round-up of what the Alabama delegation thought about it

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President Donald Trump speaks with the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Washington. Trump is en route to Orlando, Fla., to announce his bid for re-election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Did Donald Trump go too far in his tweet to 4 women in the democrat house caucus? Here’s how Alabama’s delegation reacted to a House Resolution 489 filed to condemn his message as racist.

Bradley Byrne, District 1:

“Today’s vote is a transparent and ineffective attempt to distract from the open warfare inside the Democratic Party.  The long histories of anti-Semitic and un-American comments from the so called “Socialist Squad” deserve universal condemnation, and Democrats’ overnight transition from a circular firing squad to a circle of support is the height of hypocrisy.  

“Since ‘the Squad’ thinks America is such a terrible place, I’ve offered to fly them to the socialist paradise of Venezuela. In the meantime, we should stop wasting time on show votes like this and finally take action to secure the border and solve the immigration crisis.”

Martha Roby, District 2:

“As elected officials, we owe it to this country and our political discourse to combat unseemly speech consistently and fairly, but Democratic leadership in the House has demonstrated they are only willing to call out members of the opposing party by name while sparing their own from the finger-pointing. While I do not condone the President’s recent comments, I will vote against H. Res. 489 because I refuse to participate in this blatant political gamesmanship. Regardless of party affiliation, we must all treat one another with respect and civility in order to effectively do the important work of the American people.”

Mo Brooks, District 5:

“President Trump hammered various Socialist Democrats for their support for evil Socialism; repugnant, non-stop invective and hatred shown for the foundational principles which have made America the greatest nation in world history; open disdain and dislike of Israel; and religious prejudice against the Jewish people.

“Socialist Democrats have no legitimate defense of Socialism, hatred for America’s foundational principles, open disdain and dislike of Israel, and religious prejudice against the Jewish people so, instead, they do what Socialist Democrats candidate schools train them to do:[1] divert public attention by hollering racism despite the facts being crystal clear that President Trump was motivated by a lot of things, but none of them had anything at all to do with race or skin pigmentation.

“I will proudly vote against H.Res. 489 because it falsely injects race as a motivation without any supporting proof whatsoever. Just as a person’s skin pigmentation should not be wrongly used as a sword against him, a person’s skin pigmentation should also not be wrongly used as a shield that deflects from proper political discourse. Socialist Democrats are wrong, sinister and insidious to interject race as a motivation for President Trump’s tweets when those very same tweets show on their face a variety of motivations that have nothing to do with race or skin pigmentation.

“The Socialist Democrats’ imputing false, racial motive to President Trump without supporting evidence and in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary is malicious and vile conduct that insidiously divides America on racial grounds while undermining the credibility of legitimate racist claims made in American society. Revolting and malevolent conduct that promotes racial division for political gain must be condemned and opposed. With my vote, I do both.”

Gary Palmer, District 6:

“President Trump’s comments on Twitter were ill-timed and insensitive, but not racist, as the Socialist Democrats have hypocritically claimed,” Palmer said. “The hypocrisy is glaringly apparent when you consider that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently tweeted, ‘This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants,’ and that Representative Ilhan Omar recently tweeted that support for Israel was ‘all about the Benjamins.’

“The Founders envisioned the House floor as a place where the people’s business is conducted. It was not designed for hypocritical, political grandstanding. The House could conduct no other business if we responded to every unbecoming comment of elected officials on social media. 

“Instead of wasting time on comments made on a Twitter account, we should be focused on addressing the issues that are of greatest concern to Americans, including the crisis at our southern border. This is what we have been elected to do. We have not been elected as the social media police.”

Terri Sewell, District 7:

“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. 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. 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.”