Congressman Cohen Votes to Condemn Trump’s Xenophobic and Racist Attacks on Members of Congress

July 16, 2019
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) cosponsored and voted in favor of H. Res. 489 that reaffirms our national values and condemns President Trump’s recent tweets that four Members of Congress should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”  The vote was 240 to 187. 

In voting for the measure, Congressman Cohen said: 

“Since our founding, the United States has been seen as a land of opportunity and we strive to live up to that aspiration. President Trump’s recent tweets scapegoat immigrants, demean people of color, and give credence to White supremist and nativist ideologies.  We must confront this racism and condemn it.  And that is exactly what we did.”   

Before the vote, Congressman Cohen made a one-minute speech from the House floor. See those remarks here

 Earlier this week, Congressman Cohen introduced H.Res. 490, a resolution to censure the President, along with Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.  H. Res. 490 not only condemns the President's words, but censures him and calls for an apology for the President’s “repugnant comments … which have disgraced the Office of the President and dishonored the United States of America.”  The full censure resolution can be found here.