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Factbox: Which U.S. Republicans criticized Trump's racially charged attacks?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Almost three dozen of the 250 Republicans serving in the U.S. Congress had as of late Tuesday criticized fellow Republican President Donald Trump over his racially charged attacks in recent days on four Democratic lawmakers, all minority women.

FILE PHOTO - U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) speaks at a news conference with Dreamers, immigration rights activists and others in support of a deal that delivers a permanent solution for Dreamers and funds for border security in congressional shutdown negotiations outside the Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

Known as “the squad” on Capitol Hill, the four are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Trump said the four should “go back” where they came from, even though all of them are U.S. citizens and three were born in the United States. Most Republicans have been silent on Trump’s comments, which Democrats called “racist” and “xenophobic.”

The Democratic-majority House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a resolution condemning Trump’s comments. Just four Republicans - Will Hurd, Susan Brooks, Brian Fitzpatrick, and Fred Upton - along with independent Justin Amash, voted with Democrats to pass the resolution 240-187. Republican leaders had told their members to vote “no.”

Here is a list of Republicans in Congress who have voiced some level of concern about Trump’s remarks.

House of Representatives

Will Hurd, Texas, told CNN: “Those tweets are racist and xenophobic.”

Chip Roy, Texas, tweeted, “POTUS was wrong to say any American citizen, whether in Congress or not, has any ‘home’ besides the U.S.”

Pete Olson, Texas, tweeted that he would “urge our President immediately disavow his comments.”

Fred Upton, Michigan, tweeted, “Frankly I’m appalled by the President’s tweets. There’s no excuse.”

Paul Mitchell, Michigan, tweeted, “We must be better than comments like these ... These comments are beneath leaders.”

Bill Huizenga, Michigan, tweeted: “Strongly disagree with what the President said in a series of tweets over the weekend.”

Susan Brooks, Indiana, on Facebook and Twitter said Trump’s remarks were “inappropriate and do not reflect American values.”

Peter King, New York, said through a spokesperson, “The tweets were inappropriate and wrong.”

John Katko, New York, tweeted, “The President’s tweets were wrong” and “criticism should focus on policy.”

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Elise Stefanik, New York, said the “tweets were inappropriate, denigrating, and wrong.”

Mike Turner, Ohio, said Trump’s “tweets from this weekend were racist and he should apologise.”

Troy Balderson, Ohio, said, he does “not condone yesterday’s tweets.”

Dave Joyce, Ohio, said, “What the President tweeted this weekend was wrong.”

Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio, tweeted Trump’s comments “were wildly inappropriate.”

Steve Stivers, Ohio, said the tweets were “unacceptable and stand directly in the way of progress.”

Adam Kinzinger, Illinois, said, “What the President tweeted this weekend was wrong, and does nothing but further divide us.”

Don Bacon, Nebraska, said, “The President’s tweets towards the four Congresswomen were unacceptable.”

Lloyd Smucker, Pennsylvania, said “Racially-motivated statements or behaviour is totally unacceptable.”

Mike Gallagher, Wisconsin, told a newspaper the tweets were “wrong” and that the president was “mean tweeting.”

Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington, tweeted, “We can & must defend our ideas on how to improve our country w/o descending into divisive & demeaning language.”

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington, said Trump was “wrong” in his tweets.

Tom Cole, Oklahoma, said he was “deeply disappointed in the president’s comments ... Use of such language is inappropriate and demeans the office of the presidency.”

Kelly Armstrong, North Dakota, said, “Attacking any citizen based on where they are from is never OK.”

Dusty Johnson, South Dakota, called the comments “inappropriate.”


John Cornyn, Texas, told CNN “what the President said was a mistake and an unforced error.”

Joni Ernst, Iowa, told a newspaper, “Yeah I do [find Trump’s comments racist]. They’re American citizens.”

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania, said, “President Trump was wrong to suggest that four left-wing congresswomen should go back to where they came from. Three of the four were born in America and the citizenship of all four is as valid as mine.”

Susan Collins, Maine, said the president’s tweets were “way over the line, and he should take that down.”

Mitt Romney, Utah, said “The president’s comments were destructive, demeaning, and disunifying.”

Roy Blunt, Missouri, said, “Just because the so-called squad constantly insults and attacks the president isn’t a reason to adopt their unacceptable tactics.”

Tim Scott, South Carolina, said the tweets were “unacceptable personal attacks and racially offensive language.”

Rob Portman, Ohio, told CNN “the comments are unnecessary and wrong by their very nature.”

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, said, “There is no excuse for the president’s spiteful comments. They were absolutely unacceptable and this needs to stop.”

Marco Rubio, Florida, told reporters that “the president shouldn’t have written that. I think it damages him.”

Jerry Moran, Kansas, told a newspaper it was “inappropriate to suggest they go home to any place – they are home.”

Reporting by Jonas Ekblom; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh, Dan Grebler and Cynthia Osterman