WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - On Monday, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik called recent tweets by President Donald Trump “wrong” and “denigrating,” but on Tuesday she voted against a resolution in the House of Representatives to condemn those remarks.
Stefanik says she voted against it because of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comments on the floor, which Republicans say violate a House rule barring disparaging remarks about the president.
Trump's tweets told four Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back" to their countries of origin.
All of the congresswomen are U.S. citizens and three of them were born here.
Tuesday's vote was 240-187 and was solidly opposed by Republicans. It came after Trump and top congressional Republicans denied he is a racist and urged GOP lawmakers to oppose the Democratic measure.
The resolution says the House "strongly condemns" Trump's "racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."
"The American people deserve a Congress that works on behalf of the people instead of engaging in Speaker Pelosi and far-left Democrats' political games," Stefanik said in a statement Tuesday night.
Here is Stefanik’s full statement:
“I voted 'no' on today’s partisan anti-Trump resolution. As I stated clearly, while I do not support the policies, rhetoric, or tactics of the far left socialist 'squad,' I believe the President’s tweets were unacceptable.
"However, today the American people witnessed unprecedented partisanship of House Democrats as Speaker Pelosi’s inappropriate words against the President were stricken from the parliamentarian's record. This is the first time this has happened since the 1980s.
"The American people deserve a Congress that works on behalf of the people instead of engaging in Speaker Pelosi and far-left Democrats’ political games.”