The US House of Representatives has voted to condemn President Donald Trump after a series of attacks apparently targeted at four congresswomen.
Trump was denounced in a resolution for his racist comments that have “legitimised fear and hatred of New Americans and people of colour”.
He was accused of racism and xenophobia for telling the members of congress to leave the country saying they should go back to their countries and address issues.
The US leader has since tweeted that: “I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!”
Tuesday’s debate in the Democratic-controlled chamber was a highly polarised debate, with various Republicans insisting the vote itself was a breach of decorum.
It passed by 240 votes to 187.
Four Republicans and the House’s sole independent, former Republican lawmaker Justin Amash, joined all 235 Democrats to approve the resolution
The four Republicans were Texas congressman Will Hurd (the party’s only African American representative), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania), Fred Upton (Michigan) and Susan Brooks (Indiana).
In a series of tweets on Sunday, the US president said Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” and should “go back” but did not explicitly name the women.
The four are US citizens – in his initial Twitter tirade, but the context made a clear link to the four Democratic congresswomen, who are known as The Squad.