The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has insisted he is not a racist after his Twitter attacks on four US congresswomen were widely condemned as such.
President Trump had in a series of tweets on Sunday, July 14, said the women, who are all minorities and US citizens, should
However, after he was heavily condemned as a racist the tweets, Trump denied he was racist, saying: "I don't have a Racist bone in my body!"
The BBC reports that the US House of Representatives is set to vote on a symbolic resolution condemning his comments.
Legit.ng gathers that the measure will have no force of law but is expected to pass because Democrats have a majority in the House, with any Republican support likely to enhance its censure.
In their reaction, the targets of President Trump's attack, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, dismissed his remarks as a distraction.
They urged the US people "not to take the bait" at a news conference on Monday, July 15.
The four women said they wanted to re-focus attention on to President Trump's policies.
"This is simply a disruption and a distraction from the callous chaos and corrupt culture of this administration, all the way down," Ms Pressley said.
Both Ms Omar and Ms Tlaib repeated their calls for Trump to be impeached.
Though the president did not explicitly name the women in his tweets on Sunday, the context made a clear link to the four Democratic congresswomen, who are known as The Squad.
Three of the women were born in the US and one, Ms Omar, was born in Somalia but came to the US as a child.
What prompted Trump's attack
Ms Ocasio-Cortez, Ms Tlaib and Ms Pressley on Friday, July 12, testified to a House committee about conditions in a migrant detention centre they had visited.
Democrats have widely criticised the Trump administration's approach to border control, saying they are holding migrants in inhumane conditions.
Trump, however, insists the border is facing a crisis and has defended the actions of his border agents.
His administration announced a new rule to take effect on 16 July, which denies asylum to anyone who crosses the southern border without having applied for protection in "at least one third country" on their way to the US.
After their testimony, President Trump claimed conditions at the centre had had "great reviews".
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Minnesota lawmaker, Omar, described Trump's tweet as a "violent rhetoric" capable of
Omar, who is one of the first ever Muslim members of the US Congress, made this declaration in a response to President Trump's tantrum after speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, announced a new "security assessment to safeguard" the lawmaker.
Trump had in the tweet referred to said Omar was "out of control," after the lawmaker was shown talking to a US-Muslim group about the 9/11 attacks.
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