SOMERSET, NJ - State Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17), a Franklin resident has called for President Donald Trump to "immediately apologize" for his recent "hateful and racist" comments toward four congresswomen.
"The president of the United States is the face of America, and with comments like these it has a chilling effect on our country," Danielsen said in a news release. "Real leadership means working with others that disagree with you and not partaking in this unacceptable behavior."
Danielsen is referring to a Tweet Trump wrote on his Twitter account on July 14 at 5:27 am. In the Tweet among other things Trump called for progressive Democrat Congresswomen to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came."
Trump did not specify who he was speaking of in the Tweet, however, published reports say he was referencing freshman U.S. Representatives Ayanna S. Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib.
Pressley, Ocasio-Cortez, and Tlaib were all born in the United States, and Omar an American citizen was born in Somalia.
Tonight, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed resolution 489 titled "Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress," passed by a vote of 240-187. The vote was mostly along party lines with all Democrats voting yea, and only five Republicans joined them.
Danielsen a lifelong Franklin resident trumpeted the diversity of Franklin while calling conditions at the border of Mexico inhuman and insensitive.
"In my hometown of Franklin, we have a multi-cultural and diverse population that welcomes all," Danielsen said in his statement. "At a time when there are inhumane conditions at the border, this insensitivity cannot be tolerated here in Franklin or anywhere in America. I call on the President to immediately apologize for his remarks and to start showing real leadership."
Back in March the House of Representatives voted to condemn all forms of bigotry following comments from Omar about Israel sparked backlash from congressional allies of the Jewish state.
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