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Congressman Lacy Clay, Black Caucus join calls for Trump censure

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Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay (Credit: KMOV). Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay (Credit: KMOV).

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are introducing a resolution to censure President Donald Trump for reportedly using the term "shithole" to describe African countries last week.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee joined the effort, which faces long odds, given Republican control of the House.

Missouri's Lacy Clay (D-MO-1) released a statement Thursday, saying,

“President Trump’s vile, racist statements regarding refugees and immigrants from Africa, Haiti, El Salvador and other non-European countries confirms that his world-view and decision-making process is driven by intolerance, ignorance and blatant racism.  His reprehensible comments have once again provided aid and comfort to white supremacists, demeaned his office, and weakened the United States in the eyes of the world.  Congress must go on record to hold him accountable.”

Democrat Cedric Richmond of Louisiana said Thursday, "We're going to force this body to either associate themselves with the remarks of the president or condemn them." Richmond is chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Under the resolution, the House would publicly state its support for African countries and Haiti and El Salvador. The measure also calls on the president to retract and apologize for the "hateful, discriminatory, and racist remarks and any offense they have caused."

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