Lansing Mayor Condemns Trump Comments; Backs Tlaib

Jul 17, 2019

In a Facebook post, Lansing mayor Andy Schor condemned President Donald Trump's racist comments against four congresswomen of color. 

On Sunday, the president tweeted four Democratic freshmen should go back to their home countries.

One of the targeted lawmakers was Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit.

On his Facebook page, Schor posted the following:

"I don't usually comment on what is happening in DC, but I served with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib in the Michigan  House of Representatives for two years and I knew her for many years before that. Rashida has a deep love for Detroit, Michigan, and America. The comments being said about her by President Trump about “going back from where she is from” have no place in our national discourse and I condemn it."

The Democratic-led U.S. House voted to condemn Trump's comments, despite protestations by Trump's Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn't "a racist bone in my body."  All four congresswomen are U.S. citizens and three were born in America. Democrats muscled the resolution through the chamber by 240-187 over near-solid GOP opposition. The rebuke Tuesday night was an embarrassing one for Trump even though it carries no legal repercussions, but if anything his latest harangues should help him with his die-hard conservative base.

Despite a lobbying effort by Trump and party leaders for a unified GOP front, four Republicans voted to condemn his remarks: moderate Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan, Will Hurd of Texas and Susan Brooks of Indiana, who is retiring.

Also backing the measure was Michigan's independent Rep. Justin Amash, who left the GOP this month after becoming the party's sole member of Congress to back a Trump impeachment inquiry.