The U.S. House of Representatives on July 16 passed a resolution condemning President Donald Trump for his “racist comments” about four Democratic congresswomen. The vote split on party lines with four Republicans joining 235 Democrats to support the measure.

Trump on July 14 tweeted that the four “‘Progressive’ Democratic congresswomen” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” While Trump did not name anyone, the openly xenophobic and racist message referred to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. The four outspoken freshman congresswomen of color are known as “the squad.” Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were born in the United States; Omar was born in Somalia, emigrated here when she was 10 and became a citizen at 17. Maine’s delegation in Washington rebuked the president in varying degrees.

Sen. Susan Collins

“I disagree strongly with many of the views and comments of some of the far-left members of the House Democratic Caucus — especially when it comes to their views on socialism, their anti-Semitic rhetoric, and their negative comments about law enforcement — but the President’s tweet that some Members of Congress should go back to the ‘places from which they came’ was way over the line, and he should take that down.”

Sen. Angus King

King said the tweet “inflames the worst of our instincts.”

“The first thought I had when I saw that was Robert M. Welsh in the McCarthy hearings, ‘At long last, have you no decency, sir?’ I mean, it just is sort of, you keep saying this is the end of the line, but it never is. Particularly a guy whose mother was an immigrant, his grandparents were immigrants, his wife is an immigrant.

“His first wife was an immigrant, I think first or second. I’m not sure which one Ivana was. But to say go back to your country, everyone in America is from somewhere else except the native Americans. Come on. These people, go back to your country, one born in Cincinnati, born in Detroit. It’s just, you know, I guess I go back to Robert M. Welsh: ‘have you no decency, sir?’”

(MSNBC interview transcribed by WMTW Portland)

Rep. Chellie Pingree

“As I go back to Washington today, I’m taking Maine’s values of inclusiveness with me.

“In the face of President Trump’s racist statements and his Administration’s assaults on immigrant communities, Mainers have responded by welcoming asylum seekers — even donating as much as $800,000 to support them.

“The President seems intent to divide us, but we cannot let him. It’s up to each of us to uphold America’s ideals if he won’t. That’s why I will be voting for a House resolution to condemn his xenophobic attacks on four members of Congress.

“I’m proud to serve in the most diverse Congress in our history. President Trump’s attempts to dehumanize duly elected lawmakers simply because they do not look like him is a lesson in how not to lead a democracy.”

Rep. Jared Golden

“All Americans should recognize that President Trump’s race-baiting attacks are wrong, I don’t agree with some of the positions or statements of some of my colleagues, but policy disagreements should be OK in our democracy, which is why I stand with my House colleagues against the president’s rhetoric.

“We shouldn’t take the bait and give the president what he wants. Instead, we should stay focused on solutions that will improve Americans’ lives and push back against the Trump administration’s harmful policies.”

(from a prepared statement, via Portland Press Herald)