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Factbox: Forty Republicans criticize Trump’s inflammatory tweets

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(Reuters) – Forty of the 250 Republicans serving in the U.S. Congress as of Wednesday afternoon have criticized Republican President Donald Trump over his attacks, widely condemned as racist, on four Democratic lawmakers, all minority women.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Four Republicans voted on Tuesday in favor a Democratic-sponsored House of Representatives resolution condemning Trump’s tweets, despite being told by Republican leaders to oppose it.

Will Hurd, Susan Brooks, Brian Fitzpatrick and Fred Upton – along with independent Justin Amash, a former Republican – voted with Democrats to pass the resolution 240-187.

Defying Trump is a politically risky act for a Republican lawmaker. The president, who enjoys strong political support among a core group of conservative voters, frequently lashes out against almost anyone he perceives to be an opponent.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that four Democratic congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – should “go back” where they came from, even though all of them are U.S. citizens and three were born in the United States.

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

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Will Hurd, Texas, told CNN: “Those tweets are racist and xenophobic.” Voted for the House resolution condemning Trump’s tweets.

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.”

Ron Wright, Texas, said in a statement that he “strongly disagree with the President’s tweet.”

Fred Upton, Michigan, tweeted: “Frankly I’m appalled by the President’s tweets. There’s no excuse.” Voted for the House resolution condemning Trump’s tweets.

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: Trump’s remarks were “inappropriate and do not reflect American values.” Voted for the House resolution condemning Trump’s tweets.

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.”

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 apologize.”

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.”

Steve Womack, Arkansas, said the President’s remarks “aren’t defensible.”

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 toward the four Congresswomen were unacceptable.”

Lloyd Smucker, Pennsylvania, said: “Racially-motivated statements or behavior 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.”

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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.”

Cory Gardner, Colorado, told a Colorado radio station: “I disagree with the president. I wouldn’t have sent those tweets.”

Johnny Isakson, Georgia, called the tweets “totally inappropriate” and that “there is not a debate about whether or not it’s acceptable.”

John Thune, South Dakota, told a newspaper: “I think the president needs to tone down the rhetoric, stop the personal attacks.”

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

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Trump rips New York Times over Kavanaugh piece, calls for resignation of anyone involved in ‘SMEAR story’

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President Trump blasted The New York Times over its supposed bombshell report on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, calling on “everybody” involved in the “smear” to resign.

“I call for the Resignation of everybody at The New York Times involved in the Kavanaugh SMEAR story, and while you’re at it, the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax, which is just as phony!” Trump tweeted Monday evening.

“They’ve taken the Old Grey Lady and broken her down, destroyed her virtue and ruined her reputation… She can never recover, and will never return to Greatness, under current Management. The Times is DEAD, long live The New York Times!”

NEW YORK TIMES CRITICIZED FROM BOTH SIDES OVER NOW-REVISED KAVANAUGH ALLEGATIONS

Late Sunday, The New York Times walked back an explosive report about a resurfaced allegation of sexual assault by Kavanaugh from his college days. The piece by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, adapted from their forthcoming book, alleged there was corroboration of an incident in which Kavanaugh, as a college student at Yale, exposed himself to a female classmate at a party.

However, The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway — who reviewed an advance copy of the book – flagged an omission and the paper eventually revised the controversial story after being lampooned on social media over the gaffe.

The update included the significant detail that several friends of the alleged victim said she did not recall the purported sexual assault. The newspaper also stated for the first time that the alleged victim refused to be interviewed, and has made no other comment about the episode.

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Trump was asked about whether anyone from The Times should be “fired” over the controversy. He called it a “fair” question but didn’t directly give an answer.

“I think The New York Times made another terrible mistake,” Trump said. “It’s a shame that a thing like that could happen… They used to have a thing called fact-checking. They don’t have fact-checking anymore.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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With New Mexico rally, Trump seeks to flip state won by Clinton in 2016

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will hold one of his signature rallies on Monday night in New Mexico, a longtime Democratic stronghold his campaign has added to the list of states it hopes to win in the November 2020 election.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S., September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

The last time New Mexico supported a Republican in a presidential race was 2004. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton beat Trump there by 8 percentage points three years ago.

Trump’s campaign sees an opening in the state with Latinos, who it believes will swing his way despite tough immigration policies, including a crackdown on migrants from Central America and a push to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Democrats have criticized those efforts. But a Trump campaign aide said the Republican president could win over Latinos who came to the United States legally and believe others should, too.

“Big crowd expected in New Mexico tonight, where we will WIN. Your Border Wall is getting stronger each and every day — see you in a few hours!” Trump tweeted ahead of his trip.

The campaign also views Trump’s support for the fossil fuel industry as a plus in the state, which is rich in oil and natural gas, said the campaign aide, who declined to be named. Trump is likely to discuss energy on Monday night.

Trump won the White House in 2016 with electoral votes from traditional Republican-leaning states and some surprise Democratic-leaning ones.

The Trump campaign says it wants New Mexico’s five electoral votes to augment the 306 electoral votes the president received in his first election, not create a separate path for victory. A candidate must get 270 electoral votes nationally to win.

Democrats, who did well in New Mexico during the 2018 mid-term elections, are skeptical.

“Last cycle, Democrats crushed Republicans in New Mexico because voters are fed up with President Trump’s toxic healthcare agenda and broken promises,” said David Bergstein, a communications director for the Democratic National Committee focused on battleground states.

“We take nothing for granted, but this GOP strategy looks like they’re concerned about a realistic pathway to 270 electoral votes,” he added.

Trump won electoral-vote-rich swing states such as Ohio and Florida in 2016, while also picking up Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania from Democrats.

The campaign says it is eyeing more pickups in 2020, including Colorado, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Nevada.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Tom Brown

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California adds Iowa to ‘travel ban’ over refusal to fund gender transitions

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California adds Iowa to 'travel ban' over refusal to fund gender transitions

California announced Monday that it has added Iowa to the list of states on its ever-expanding “travel ban” list because of that state’s new prohibition against funding gender-transition surgeries under Medicaid.

The announcement by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra means that as of Oct. 4, California will no longer offer taxpayer-funded trips to Iowa for any public employee or student at a state-run university.

Becerra’s authority came from a 2016 California law signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown that bars state-funded travel to other states that undercut LGBT rights. The list already included Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

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Conservatives have called the law ineffective, inconveniencing, possibly unconstitutional and hypocritical. The state’s sports teams have turned to private funding to get around the restrictions, according to The Los Angeles Times.

A homeless woman smokes as she waits for city crews to clean the area near Los Angeles City Hall Monday, July 1, 2019. California is overrun with homeless individuals. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

A homeless woman smokes as she waits for city crews to clean the area near Los Angeles City Hall Monday, July 1, 2019. California is overrun with homeless individuals. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

“The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming health care,” Becerra said in a statement. “California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it.”

The brouhaha began after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in March that taxpayers could be forced to pay for gender reassignment surgery. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a law effectively overriding that ruling two months later.

At the federal level, the Trump administration has disputed the idea that sex-based discrimination prohibitions under law include protections for gender identity. The Health and Human Services Department, in May, angered progressive advocates with rules that both allowed doctors not to perform certain operations and stated that “gender identity” was not protected under sex discrimination law in health care.

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Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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