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GOP support for Trump up after 'go back' tweet: poll

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Published on July 17, 2019 - Duration: 02:20s

GOP support for Trump up after 'go back' tweet: poll

Support for U.S. President Donald Trump increased slightly among Republicans after he lashed out on Twitter over the weekend in a racially charged attack on four minority Democratic congresswomen, a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll shows.

Zachary Goelman reports.

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GOP support for Trump up after 'go back' tweet: poll

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. DEMOCRATIC SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, SAYING: "These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting, and these comments are racist." A vote in the U.S. House of Representatives condemning President Donald Trump for "racist comments" against four minority Democratic congresswomen broke down almost perfectly along party lines.

Democrats condemning the president for the racially charged attacks on their members - (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE JOHN LEWIS, SAYING: "I know racism when I see it." - and Republicans defending the president, claiming that calling him a racist was itself a violation of political politeness.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. REPUBLICAN HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY, SAYING: "Our rules of order and decency were broken today.

And worse, the house just voted to condone this violation a decorum." The measure passed 240-187, with only four Republicans joining Democrats in censuring the president Tuesday night.

And it comes as a Reuters poll found that in the wake of the tweets widely condemned as racist, Trump has actually enjoyed a boost in popular support among Republicans.

His net approval rating among Republicans - meaning the number of respondents who approve of his performance minus the number who disapprove - rose five percent from the week before to 72 percent.

But his approval among independents and Democrats fell, leaving his overall approval rating - 41 percent - unchanged from a week earlier.

The firestorm kicked off when Trump tweeted that four progressive Democrats, "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The four women are either black, Hispanic, or Muslim.

Three of the four were born in the U.S. And the attack spurred critics to accuse Trump of race-baiting.

Democrats, who just last week were roiled by divisions between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the progressive members, known colloquially as "the squad," quickly united if the face of the attack on their caucus.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. DEMOCRATIC SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, SAYING: "There is no place, anywhere, for the president's words, which are not only divisive, but dangerous." As the C-SPAN cameras showed the floor during the vote tally, squad member Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota in the white headscarf, can be seen approaching Speaker Pelosi, wearing the magenta suit.

They embrace, and can be seen in animated conversation for several minutes.

Republicans pushed hard Tuesday night.

For a show of support for their own party leader It was near unanimous: only four GOP House members voted with the Democrats.

After Tuesday's vote, Trump praised his party's unity, tweeting: "The Republican vote was 187-4.

Wow!"

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