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Bowing to pressure from the likes of CNN’s Brian Stelter, NBC Nightly News pivoted on Tuesday to condemn the President’s behavior toward Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) as “racist” and, along with ABC’s World News Tonight, shame Republicans for not being as anti-Trump as Democrats.
ABC senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce was on the Trump beat Tuesday, reporting that “the firestorm over” the President’s “racist tweets” about “four congresswomen of color” “is only growing” as evidenced by the House resolution condemning him.
Example - Republican - Leaders - Line - Issue
As an example of Republican “leaders falling in line” and/or “trying to avoid the issue entirely,” Bruce scolded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and played a back-and-forth she had with Republican Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) (click “expand”):
BRUCE [TO INHOFE]: Are these attacks good politics? Are they good for Republicans?
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INHOFE: Let's find out. No, I don't think they are. I don’t — first of all, I don't think they're attacks.
BRUCE: They're not attacks? To say you should go back to your country is not an attack?
BRUCE: Only a handful have been willing to criticize the President.
SENATOR - MITT - ROMNEY - R-UT - Americans
SENATOR MITT ROMNEY (R-UT): It's dangerous. It's demeaning to our fellow Americans and that's simply wrong.
BRUCE: Republican leader Mitch McConnell is now calling on everyone to tone it down, but he's declining to address the President's comments directly or to say if they were racist.
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With NBC Nightly News airing in the Washington D.C. market at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, anchor Lester Holt and chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson provided an updated story about the resolution’s passage (click “expand”):
HOLT: We start with breaking news tonight. The House of Representatives voted tonight to officially condemn President Trump for his racist tweets. Several Republicans joining Democrats in voting for the resolution. The vote...
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