House Democrats Plan to Unveil Measure to Censure Trump After Remarks on Immigrant Nations

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) addresses reporters during a press conference as the Congressional Black Caucus PAC announces it will endorse Hillary Clinton for president on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Two top House Democrats said Friday they will unveil a resolution next week to censure President Trump following reports he expressed a preference for immigrants from Norway over people from what he described as “sh**hole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, expect to formally introduce the censure resolution after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

The two lawmakers said in a joint statement that they were “deeply disturbed and offended” by Trump’s remarks describing places like Haiti and African nations as “sh**hole countries.”

The Washington Post first reported that Trump made the comments during an Oval Office meeting with members of Congress about immigration policy.

In announcing their plans, Richmond and Nadler pointedly noted that Trump lost the popular vote to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016 – a fact that Trump has at times claimed, without substantiation, is because of fraudulent votes.

“This censure resolution is important because America is a beacon of hope. We have to show the world that this president does not represent the real feelings of most of the American people which is part of the reason why he lost the popular vote,” Richmond and Nadler said.

“Congress must speak with one voice in condemning these offensive and anti-American remarks. There is no excuse for it.”

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SOURCE: The Hill, Cristina Marcos