Local NAACP leaders invite McMorris Rogers to discuss voting no to condemning Trump’s racist tweets
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants to speak with Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers about her Nay vote on House Resolution 489, which involved the condemnation of President Trump’s racist comments directed at members of Congress.
The NAACP sent a letter to McMorris Rodgers asking her to join them in a dialogue regarding her stance on race relations. They also invited Mayor David Condon, the Spokane City Council and the Spokane County Commissioners to join.
“Although our organization’s foundation was built around the advancement of colored people, we are committed to the advancement of all people locally and nationally, therefore we are deeply concerned when the President of the United States signals to anyone, a member of Congress, or an immigrant family struggling to start a new life in the Great United States of America, that they are unwelcome,” the letter reads.
Earlier this month, the President tweeted false statements implying several Democratic congresswomen were not natural-born American citizens. He suggested, “They go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
McMorris Rogers, who is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, released a statement about the tweets, saying they were “wrong. ”
“The President’s tweets yesterday were wrong and distract from the discourse we’re having in this country about socialism. Freedom-loving Americans will win this debate with the facts, not personal attacks: Capitalism has done more to lift people out of poverty and raise the standard of living than any other economic system in the world.” — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05)
Local NAACP members said they want to speak to McMorris Rodgers about her stance on political diversity, immigration and political accountability.
“These issues have deep and lasting impacts on our community, and your voice as exercised through your voting record to not oppose President Trump impacts our organization and its constituents, whom you represent,” the letter reads.
The chapter requested McMorris Rodgers respond to their invitation by July 31.
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