President Trump's recent tweets have been condemned as racist by the city preparing to host him for the Republican National Convention next year.
The Charlotte City Council has passed a resolution in a 9-2 vote to "strongly" condemn "all of President Donald Trump's racist and xenophobic tweets and comments,"The Associated Press reports. The two Republican members of the council voted against the resolution.
This vote comes more than a week after Trump tweeted that four minority congresswomen should "go back" to where they came from, a comment he has insisted was not racist. It sparked a vote from the House of Representatives condemning the tweets, with four Republicans voting to approve the measure alongside Democrats. The Charlotte resolution mentions these tweets alongside some past comments of Trump's, such as that there were "very fine people" on both sides of the 2017 Charlottesville protests.
Trump was just in North Carolina for a rally last week, during which his crowd chanted "send her back" about one of the congresswomen he attacked on Twitter, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Trump would later disavow the chant, though he has praised the crowd as a group of "incredible patriots."
"The Council deems it imperative to condemn such racist and xenophobic language that only serves to stoke fear of others and perpetuate division everywhere based on ethnicity, race, and/or race," the resolution says, The Washington Post reports. In addition to condemning Trump's specific tweets, it also condemns "all hate speech, bigotry, racism, and discrimination, whenever it may occur, especially from the highest levels of government." Brendan Morrow