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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence Statement on Her Vote to Condemn President’s Racist Remarks

July 16, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), issued the following statement today after voting for Congressman Tom Malinowski’s resolution to condemn the racist and xenophobic language used by President Trump in attacking Members of Congress:

 

“I am absolutely appalled at the behavior of the person who currently occupies the Oval Office. His condescending, racist, and xenophobic comments have no place in a civilized society.

 

This President’s statements are particularly hurtful to me as an African-American woman. I have been a victim of those perceived stereotypes that are incurred by all Black people living in America. I have been told to “go home” though I was born in Detroit and I am a fifth-generation American.

 

However, I am not surprised by the most recent remarks made by President Trump. This is the same person who insulted my colleague and Chair of the Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters by calling her “low IQ”; this is the same person who supported his former Chief of Staff, John Kelly after Kelly made an untruthful statement about my colleague Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and has yet to apologize; this is the same person who has begun the birtherism rumors about Senator Kamala Harris as he did with President Obama, and finally this is the same person who referred to his former employee Omarosa Manigault Newman as a “dog.

 

This President’s history of disparaging African-Americans goes as far back as the 1970’s when the Nixon Administration brought a lawsuit against his father for refusing to rent apartments in New York City to African-Americans and his condemning of the Central Park Five who were cleared of the assault and rape of a local jogger with DNA evidence. This shameful history also includes day one of his candidacy for president when he announced he would prevent anyone of the Muslim faith from entering the U.S. and not soon afterwards he referred to Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia very fine people. Even more recently, this history includes the separating and caging of young black and brown children.

 

Finally, thank you to my colleagues on the other side of the isle who have chosen to stand for inclusiveness. Michigan delegation members Rep. Fred Upton and Paul Mitchell, I appreciate your ability to take a stand for what is right.”