Rep. Ben McAdams casts only Utah vote for resolution condemning Trump over 'racist comments'

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  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    July 21, 2019 8:08 p.m.

    How Pres. Trump is going about trying to control our borders and the racist comments he makes about members of Congress is not good.

    But, some of these Congressional reps, are ok with 1,200,000 people coming across our borders illegally every year on top of all the ones we take in legally. This is not sustainable and they do not have our country's best interests at heart.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 19, 2019 4:16 p.m.

    @UteFan 60

    Dan Rather is a documented liar. Why would anyone quote him?

  • tryingtosmile Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2019 8:34 a.m.

    people say we should not criticize the president. That is the freedom of this country. When we don't agree with someone we can speak up. Do you want a monarch or dictator? Look at the people in North Korea. Failing in your job you lose your life. Here we can say we don't agree with Policy or the Person. But that is our choice. If he killed someone would you say we can not speak up? This is how Hitler was elected and the evil he created after he was in office. The people did not speak up and looked what happened. You blame the people for not taking him on. It is interesting when you like someone you go against the people who don't. But that is how dictators are put into power. I just pray all those kids they have taken and put into foster homes are going to be okay. I have heard horror stories from kids in foster care. These kids will never be citizens even the ones who were stolen from their parents. So they will never have any rights. They can be deported at anytime. Trump did this on purpose. They will have no identity. Lost in the system. I just pray for them to be okay and for give the rest of us it was not my request.

  • Les Competent Preston, ID
    July 17, 2019 10:22 p.m.

    I just read Rep. Stewart’s remarks on the impeachment vote. He characterizes the outcome as a “bipartisan” agreement against impeachment. I am mildly surprised at this response. I just think that many more favor impeachment, but are not ready to signal by formal vote in favor because they know in advance how the Senate will vote.

    Impeachment is coming. Even in Nixon’s case it took some time. Stewart’s comments are either designed for his very conservative constituents, or more likely, he is terribly naive.

  • Utefan60 , 00
    July 17, 2019 8:52 p.m.

    Dan Rather, a very well respected and trusted journalist tonight said that the only word we can use to describe what Trump has said and doubled down on is racism.

    He said there is not other word to describe his statements.

    He also warned certain Americans they are on the wrong side of history. He compared it to those who combatted racial equality. He said they must be ashamed looking back at those pictures of fighting desegregation.

    Thanks Ben for being a call out in this void for these American women, legislators, and minority members of Congress. Thanks for being something that the others in the opposing party have been morally incapable of. Their silence is deafening.

  • Sense&Sensibility Mesa, AZ
    July 17, 2019 4:44 p.m.

    Congrats to Rep. Ben Adams (& Sen. Romney) for being on the right side of history!

    “Trump embraced a contemporary version of the illiberal, exclusionary, white-nationalist and ethno-nationalist vision of America, one that has a long and terrible history in this country, one that runs through slavery and through the national-origins quota system on immigration (which was based in part on theories of eugenics) and through Jim Crow.

    This vision contrasts with the civic patriotism that the Dem-sponsored House resolution seeks to enshrine. And [most] House Republicans could not bring themselves to condemn Trump’s vision, or even to call it out for what it is. The Republican Party is increasingly becoming a white-nationalist party.” — Greg Sargent, WP Opinion Journalist 7/17/19

    A top former TX Federal Judge has just left the GOP because of our president’s racist ideology today joining other conservatives of conscience. The base may be galvanized by his racist rhetoric, but the tent continues to shrink.

  • bemorefair , 00
    July 17, 2019 4:31 p.m.

    I know two wrongs don't make a right, and certainly the president's comments were more of the same of what we have come to expect from him, but come on. The "squad" is a bunch of socialists who hate America. Their entire agenda is built on politics of division.

  • abrady murray, UT
    July 17, 2019 4:02 p.m.

    estreetshuffle-not sure what your basing your comment on unless it is the same thing that the president is basing his on, and that is if you are not white you can't really be american and you should go back to where you came from. That is what he has been saying since he gained popularity for his racist birtherism stance against the former president, and it is what he going back to as his popularity wanes.

    He knows his base, and how to get them riled up.

  • mom3 Payson, UT
    July 17, 2019 3:30 p.m.

    Bountifulute, My respone about the economy has nothing to do with anything President Trump has said it is based in facts. Please look into it for yourself. I did not vote for him, but I support his policies that are strenghting our country. He has the best record of any president in many many areas. It is not racist to love your country and expect those that immigrate here to be here because they want to be American and love this country. If America is so bad why are so many trying to come here? His comment has nothing to do with the color of their skin it is all about the comments they make about America. The democrats are so blinded by hate they can't seem to see the truth anymore. I don't care what color your skin is, what accent you have if you hate this amazing country I agree with the president please leave. There are Caucasians born here, they speak English and hate this country and I would say the same to them please leave and I know President Trump would and maybe has said the same. By the way one of those women wouldnt even be able to run for public office let alone speak in public if she did go back to her country of origin and I am sure we all know of whom I speak of.

  • search diligently Lehi, UT
    July 17, 2019 3:10 p.m.

    Look, Trump should not have said anything, but the news outlets have completely taken his tweets out of context. Why doesn't this article and others show what he actually tweeted? Take a look:

    Donald J. Trump

    @realDonaldTrump
    · Jul 14, 2019
    So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly......

    Donald J. Trump

    @realDonaldTrump
    ....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how....

    That is a whole lot different than what has been reported by all the news who don't want to put it in context as it might be viewed differently in the complete context of what he said.

    Moreover, why didn't they specifically call out Omar on her anti-semitic statements? Sounds like a double standard to me.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    July 17, 2019 3:05 p.m.

    Ben...

    Shame on you for not mindlessly supporting the Star of the Hollywood Access Tape.

    On the other hand...

    Thank you for not mindlessly supporting the Star of the Hollywood Access Tape.

    Perfect.

  • glacierlake3 Provo, UT
    July 17, 2019 2:52 p.m.

    Thank you Ben for calling out trump on this. 4 other Utah congressmen should have done like wise.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 17, 2019 2:41 p.m.

    @ironmania

    Please tell us how members of the "squad" are making America better.

    I have been around a long, long time and have served in the United States military.

    NEVER have I heard such inane, unpatriotic utterances as come from these four.

    Perhaps they will make America better because many of us are waking up to the dangers they represent. We can only hope.

    God bless America and God bless President Trump.

  • 1st avenue New York, NY
    July 17, 2019 2:23 p.m.

    The fact that republicans are angry over Trump behavior being called out for racism rather then over his racist comments tells you what type of America they are fighting for.

  • BountifulUte Bountiful, UT
    July 17, 2019 2:14 p.m.

    Re: mom3
    I am always amused at those who repeat the Trump drumbeat that this is the best economy in the past 50 years.

    I would suggest looking at the Clinton years, particularly the last 4. 4% GDP combined with budget overages. Compare this to Trump who will probably not see an annual GDP of 3% during his eight years. Trump will probably run a $trillion deficit this year. Cheap money, not natural forces, are driving this economy.

    By the way, on July 27th, watch for a second quarter GDP that is less that 2%. Yes, I know, many still believe the Trump rhetoric, but he generally speaks falsehoods.

  • cityboy Farmington, UT
    July 17, 2019 1:56 p.m.

    @ Sore Loser,

    “There should be another resolution condemning Democrats for taking Trump’s words out of context and trying to make political points with their ridiculous resolution,”

    So let’s talk about taking words out of context and trying to make political points. Trump called Rep. Tlaib antisemitic because of two statements she made: 1) she said that it warmed her heart to know that after the holocaust her ancestors helped Jews to settle in Palestine (presumably by selling them land) when the Jews were being rejected by many; and 2) she favors a two-state resolution to the decades-long Middle East problem.

    So what did Trump say she said? He stated it was terrible that Rep. Tlaib said that the holocaust warmed her heart. Incredible! But we have come to except nothing less from a pathological liar.

    It would be very difficult to take any of Trump’s comments out of context because he doubles down on them. When he finds himself in a hole he simply keeps digging.

  • ironmania Orem, UT
    July 17, 2019 1:05 p.m.

    Does a woman wearing a hat that says "make America great again" actually hate America? Is America not inherently great? Just because she wants to change the America where she lives doesn't equate to hatred of America.

    We elect representatives to Congress to change things for the better. "If you don't like it here, then go back to another country" is not why they were elected.

  • Contemplator Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 1:02 p.m.

    I would be careful calling Trump's comments "racist". He has attacked people of all color, religion, background, and party - anybody who challenges him gets hosed with insults and ridicule. Just watch a video of the GOP primary debates. Unfortunately, more and more of his opponents lower themselves down and engage him at his level of discourse. Our government has lost dignity and credibility in the process. It is the responsibility of the voters to end this clown circus at the next opportunity. We have more than 300 million citizens. Surely, we can do better than that.

  • Jayson Meline Chubbuck, ID
    July 17, 2019 12:46 p.m.

    Treason: The offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign's family.

    The 4 Congresswomen have questionable dissenting behavior that I would agree is hateful. Anti-American can be subjective based one's ideological bias. They are wrong in many ways. But when one tempers emotion and objectively looks at what it means to commit treason; their actions do not fit the definition of treason.

    Racism: A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

    By this definition, anyone of any race is capable of racism. The problem with the left, is that notwithstanding the well documented history of racism by Caucasians or whites, is their political agenda that pretty much states that only whites are capable of racism in direct contradiction to what the term racism means.

    I have witnessed racism in other parts of the world between races that does not involve Whites.

    We need leadership that demonstrates per Dr. King: (a higher) content of character to unify.

  • Frozen Fractals Paducah, KY
    July 17, 2019 12:42 p.m.

    @tsobserver
    "There is nothing racist in telling someone to go back to their country of origin "

    It is when 3 of the 4 have a country of origin of the United States of America. In that case you're telling people (in this case, and really just about every case this happens in unless you have an accent from another country, non-white people) they aren't really American.

  • bemorefair , 00
    July 17, 2019 12:10 p.m.

    Perhaps President Trump could have phrased his statement like this.

    Question for Representative Omar: How bad is America, really? That hatred of the country you immigrated to is very, very odd. Please explain why you hate this country so much.

    My guess is she wouldn't "dignify" Mr. Trump with a response, which is exactly how she phrased her response to a reporter who asked her if she would condemn the ANTIFA attack on the ICE facility in Tacoma, WA.

  • mom3 Payson, UT
    July 17, 2019 12:03 p.m.

    I think the definition of racism needs to be looked up by those on the left. Racism is real and it is an awful thing and it down plays the real truth about it to use it to describe every person that does not agree with the liberals in this country. The majority of Americans are not racist and are becoming tired if this ridiculas behavior. President Trump is not rascist. If you look at the facts our economy is the best it has been in over 50 years and because of Trumps deregulation and putting our country and our citizens first we have the highest employment for blacks , Hispanics, women and the youth. He believes in America and it's goodness and strength. We are a melting pot that means if you come here you want to be an American and it is not racist to want that for your country. Those women he is referring do not like America and it is obvious. It is not racist for those of us that believe in this great country that our founders established to say if you don't like it here leave. Because of America the world knows what freedom looks like. I would be careful who you listen to, because if those women get their way we will lose our freedom and there will be no where to run.

  • Harrison Bergeron Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 11:59 a.m.

    The radical Left will love him for this. But the vast majority of his constituency is not radical Left. The democrats are making it very hard for the moderates.

  • intrinsicrewards Salem, VA
    July 17, 2019 11:54 a.m.

    Those of you supporting McAdams vote of censure haven't been keeping up with what these "ladies" have been calling President Trump and America since their election. Their speech has been treasonous, anti American and hateful to say the least. The far left is finally getting push back by a President who simply says if they you don't like America then you can leave. Nothing "racist" in that remark. Trump is a master of unmasking and I am glad these American haters are finally being exposed for who they really are.

  • Jayson Meline Chubbuck, ID
    July 17, 2019 11:46 a.m.

    "If you don't like our country, then leave." is childish and void of emotional maturity. It is not a statement of truth which is a virtue Trump does not possess.

    Dissent is not synonymous with hating your country or an act of disloyalty. The Constitution preserves the right to dissent.

    I am not a Democrat. I disagree with almost all positions the 4 congresswomen that are the flash point of the latest Trump twitter tantrum. I also find the acts and statements of these congresswomen likewise lacking emotional maturity.

    However, Trump is completely and totally wrong. His behavior is not leadership.

    I can say while also stating I do agree with Trump on the need for infrastructure, Congress' derelict of duty on immigration, health care, and on all issues. The fact Congress has ceded all governmental action to the executive branch and by means of litigation in the judiciary. I do agree with Trump on nations being more self-sufficient in their own defense; but not in the manner that undermines key treaty alliances which Trump has done.

    Given Trump's lack of character, dissent of him is what we need to show we truly love our country if we want to keep the republic.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    July 17, 2019 11:42 a.m.

    morianton - Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 16, 2019 1:54 p.m.
    ---
    From what I can tell, he's tired of this group (AOC, Kamala, Pelosi, etc.) raising cries of injustice and inequality everywhere they go, condemning America, telling those with opposing views they're racist and stirring up contempt. If true, this group isn't helping anyone.
    ---

    Perhaps you missed what The Squad has been condemning for the most part. Trump and the GOP's continued war on such pieces of legislation such as 'Obama' Care, Trump's direction for immigration enforcement that guaranteed 'family separations', or tiki torch parades, reminiscent of 1930's Germany, led by 'white' activists.

    Are those elements of the American you stand for, let the need go wanting, let those who would escape violence in their country of origin be left to suffer, to support exclusion and discrimination?

    That does seem to be the 'america' that Trump is appealing to in his speeches and tweets, and such an 'america' deserves to be hated.

  • Utahdane Bountiful, UT
    July 17, 2019 11:39 a.m.

    My name is Larry Livingston and I am running for congress as a Trump Democrat. I agree with Trump. Somebody needs to stand up to AOC and her crowd. I support America. I am against racism of any group, and it seems to me the AOC group does not like Americans or whites. Somebody needs to stand up to them.

  • dave_slc Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 11:32 a.m.

    It is shameful that Utahans still support this so-called president. People for whom values supposedly matter, he shows a serious lack of anything approaching morals or values - and it is not limited to the most recent racist twitter rant. The harsh and inhumane way in which he is treating those at the border seeking asylum, using the thug-like scare tactics in the U.S. cities - he is truly deplorable. And those who continue to support him, well all I can say I Hillary was correct in her assessment.

  • Lia , 00
    July 17, 2019 11:32 a.m.

    McAdams--one of the few real men in Utah politics-

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    July 17, 2019 11:28 a.m.

    tsobserver - Mapleton, UT
    ---
    There is nothing racist in telling someone to go back to their country of origin and fix it and then come back and rail on the U.S, for how bad it supposedly is.
    ---

    Trump has not indicated that he was referring to anyone but the so called Squad, which consists of 4 women, 3 of whom are 'natural born' US citizens. So, what does 'go back to the country you came from', mean, other than perhaps one individual. Otherwise it would mean say, for Ocasio-Cortez to return to New York City, the same city Trump comes from, and 'fix' that city. One can ask why Trump didn't fix New York City to his satisfaction before entering the national stage as a Presidential candidate.

    Trump has questioned the ancestry and country of origin only for those candidates who happen to be of a different skin complexion than he has. He hounded Obama with the birther movement, but was silent as a tomb on Ted Cruz's place of birth, Canada, as well as John McCain, Panama. He did cast aspersions about both of those rivals, but not about their 'country of origin'.

    It is clear he targets persons with a natural born tan, for his 'birther' or 'go back to your country', remarks.

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    July 17, 2019 11:18 a.m.

    Screaming hysterics from leftists about someone standing up to radical terrorist supporting, racist congresswome. Dead silence or praise about actual leftist terror attacks on US border patrol; or the ripping down of the US flag and raising a Mexican one over a US government building.

    Does not this demonstrate the left's priorities? They openly endorse treason and military attacks on the US and condemn people standing up for the US. Ben McAdams should be forced to defend the left's open warfare on the US.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    July 17, 2019 11:08 a.m.

    BYUalum - South Jordan, UT
    ---
    President Trump was standing up for America. The Quad only speak bad of our country. He made no racist comments. He only said, "If you don't like our country, then leave." He spoke the truth.

    Goodbye, McAdams, in Utah!
    ---

    For a BYU Alumus, it is interesting that you should recommend 'leaving' for those who are persecuted in the US.

    The Mormons have a history of being persecuted, and 'leaving'. Brigham Young himself lead one such 'leaving', to what was then Mexico. Unfortunately, due to treat between Mexico and the US, they ended up just in another US controlled territory. And after a number of years battling the Federal government, some number left again for Mexico.

    It would be pleasant if the descendants of those immigrants, considered making US life better rather than continuing persecutions, and demanding that those who object leave.

  • Password Lincoln, NE
    July 17, 2019 10:59 a.m.

    Constantly yelling 'Racism' (Racist) in a crowded country is pure unadulterated 'hate speech'!

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    July 17, 2019 10:50 a.m.

    A common meme put out by the Trump fan club is that Rep Ilhan Omar said something a reasonable person might construe as anti-semitic. This is indeed true.

    What our friends on the Right do not bother to mention is this. Rep Omar apologized in a televised interview on CBS. Whether she means it or not, she did say she regretted the remark.

    Does anyone think that Trump might possibly consider that?

  • Happy Valley Hillbilly Alpine, UT
    July 17, 2019 10:48 a.m.

    Rep. McAdams words and actions have proven him to be the exact opposite of his campaign rhetoric that he would be an “independent voice” for the citizens of his district if elected. He has marched lock-step with the rest of the liberals and leftists permeating today’s version of the Democrat party.
    His record in Congress has provided voters enough evidence to limit his Congressional career to a single unfortunate term.

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    July 17, 2019 10:43 a.m.

    As the saying goes, race is only skin-deep, but stupid goes down to the bone.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    July 17, 2019 10:41 a.m.

    Civilized countries and people all over the world continue to shake their heads at us. Our quest to be the shining city on the hill has been replaced with the arrogance of wanting to be seen as the insecure body builder on a public beach. T rump represents a wide swath of angry, privileged Americans who are frustrated their voice is being replaced by those who don't look or think the same way.
    T rump and the GOP will make next years election about them instead of the economy. They can't get out of their own way.

  • Jeff Harris Edmonds, WA
    July 17, 2019 10:36 a.m.

    The fact that some people are more offended at acknowledging racism than they are at the racism itself speaks volumes about them.

  • tryingtosmile Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 10:17 a.m.

    The squad are speaking against the policies that Trump has pushed on this country. The true shame is when our elected officials have no guts what so ever to speak up to the internment camps the children are being put in. The group actually went and investigated for themselves and then called out the president and his POLICIES.. Did you republicans constantly do that under president Obama? But when the shoe is on the other foot it is okay to push it even further and pick on people and races of people. The people took the bait and they women should have turned and laughed in his face. There was a immigration deal that was negotiated until Trump blew it up. He doesn't want any kind of deal on any of it. Because then he loses his voice. What else can he scream about? So You can look and blame the congress all you want but they have passed over 100 bills to address these issues only to be stopped by the Senate. McConnell knows they lose their voice if they pass an immigration anything. They know that so they want this it is the only thing they can complain about. takes the heat off the corporations stealing money from the people. tariffs taxes

  • dski Herriman, UT
    July 17, 2019 10:12 a.m.

    As a minority, (dark skinned, immigrant, English as my second language, low income and unemployed, and many other fine qualities), I find it comical that most of those who are not in my category are more offended by Trump's tweets, than I am. Just so you know, despite my situation, I am not on public dough. I pay my bills all by myself. And, my FICO scores are pretty good.

    This is what I am offended by. I am offended by the Democrats for politicizing the tweet, yet produce nothing about immigration. They talk loud but their inactions speaks louder. Ben, come up with a bill to benefit those immigrants in your district. So far, the Democratic Party seems to enjoy the benefits of your company while the immigrants in your district are living in fear from a raid by ICE agents.

    As an immigrant, I am living in fear that you will be doing nothing about immigrattion reform. Please Ben! Enough talk! Show us the money! Walk the walk! Please help me eliminate my fear. Ben! I know what you are thinking. Deportation may end your problem but will make our fears worse.

  • Alex T Murray, UT
    July 17, 2019 10:12 a.m.

    Ben is the only Utah politician with a backbone. Additionally, Romney again proved yesterday why he lost the presidential election in 2012.

  • What!? Saratoga Springs, UT
    July 17, 2019 10:04 a.m.

    mm-hm...

  • educanto north salt lake, UT
    July 17, 2019 10:03 a.m.

    Thanks to Representative Adams for calling out Donald Trump for his terrible language and behavior. Trump is a racist and a bully. Call him out and you will be called a name that you would not like your mother to hear. Trump's language reminds me of that old trope " boys will be boys." In this case the language gets shifted to " Trump will be Trump" and ostensibly it is excused. Perhaps most importantly is that Trump has no sense or understanding of history and the enormous oppression of words and actions against African American people. A good summary can be found in the new book " Stony the Road" by Henry Louis Gates. I have to admit, however, that I am wrong about Trump. I thought he was an anomaly and would burn out through his own ignorance and bluster. Wrong ! A significant proportion of Americans, Utahans, and the Utah political establishment think Trump is a hero.

  • Utah_State_Fan Logan, Utah
    July 17, 2019 10:03 a.m.

    When the Mormon pioneers arrived in the Great Basin, they were actually arriving in northern Mexico.

    They showed up uninvited and unannounced.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    July 17, 2019 9:51 a.m.

    "Oh the drama of it all. The fake hysteria by the GOP."

    "Is this really what it has come to in the great United States of America? Our President has nothing more constructive to do than tweeting and twittering and then get all hysterical about the reaction? Mr. President, Get off twitter and get to work!"

    PS - I'm appalled by LDS and other people of faith (or of no faith but with moral principles), who would stand for one second of this name-calling and hateful nonsense. The fact you twist your morals to support your President, destroys those morals. Stop wasting your time preaching to others (especially your kids).

  • Stanton Spokane, WA
    July 17, 2019 9:48 a.m.

    I'm more offended at the four Democrats who make comments hating America and Israel than President Trump suggesting they leave America and go back to a country of origin. I don't find this racist. I find it patriotic.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 9:45 a.m.

    Gary Kinney - Huntington Beach, CA
    July 16, 2019 1:57 p.m.
    "Although I do agree the President does push the envelope at times, where did he say anything about race? These congresswomen have done nothing but spew hate for the only country where they would be allowed to spew hate. He never mentioned their color, their race. Not everything is about race. I’m grateful someone’s not afraid to call out hate mongers."

    Gary, there are an infinite number of ways to say someone is stupid without ever using the word; "Stupid."

    Does that fit with your comment about never saying anything about race?

  • booshway Woods Cross, UT
    July 17, 2019 9:41 a.m.

    The Democrats won't condemn anti-Semtic (racist) remarks by Democrats but they will condemn actually non-racist remarks by Pres. Trump, a Republican.
    As a side note, Democrats won't condemn violent acts against ICE, conservatives or Republicans. I get it now.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 9:39 a.m.

    The weekend tweets were unnecessary and abusive. To spin them otherwise is absurd and abusive.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    July 17, 2019 9:26 a.m.

    President Trump was standing up for America. The Quad only speak bad of our country. He made no racist comments. He only said, "If you don't like our country, then leave." He spoke the truth.

    Goodbye, McAdams, in Utah!

  • Chessermesser West Valley City, UT
    July 17, 2019 9:16 a.m.

    Trump never learned to think a little before he speaks. He is super rich and knows most rules don’t apply to him. But he isn’t racist. Too bad most members of Congress support their respective parties more than loving their country.

  • @planetjoseph Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 9:07 a.m.

    Also, here's a pro-tip for those of you struggling: For rhetoric to be considered racist, it does not, in fact, need to contain any derivative of the word race, or mention the race of those slurred.

    But you know that.

  • @planetjoseph Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 9:07 a.m.

    Also, here's a pro-tip for those of you struggling: For rhetoric to be considered racist, it does not, in fact, need to contain any derivative of the word race, or mention the race of those slurred.

    But you know that.

  • tsobserver Mapleton, UT
    July 17, 2019 9:05 a.m.

    There is nothing racist in telling someone to go back to their country of origin and fix it and then come back and rail on the U.S, for how bad it supposedly is. This was a partisan stunt led by Pelosi to get the "racist" label off of herself after the "Squad" put it squarely on her. And that is why Ben voted for it. Pure partisanship. Plain and simple. And the more both parties play this game, the more tired the American people in the middle will become of it. Sooner or later the parties will collapse under the weight of their extremism and unaffiliated candidates will have a chance to win in the center.

  • @planetjoseph Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 9:05 a.m.

    Thank you, Ben.

    For Mike Lee and the others, profiles in courage you are not.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    July 17, 2019 8:56 a.m.

    @T-money$$$: "Bernie and other progressives have been saying the same things and AOC and her friends have been saying in the house. You don't see Trump or any other republican telling Bernie or Warren to "go back to their home country" "

    Actually, I have heard people tell Bernie to go back to Mother Russia (where he spent his honeymoon", and tell Warren to back to the Reservation.

  • Stacey23 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 8:50 a.m.

    Maybe Ol' Ben McDem didn't read the tweet? He just wanted some more of that blue money for re-election since his red money is drying up.

  • dmacpherson Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 8:50 a.m.

    "If you hate America, why don't you move?"
    Did these women say that they hate America? No.
    What they have done is criticize Trump.
    Trump is not America. Some posters on this thread seem unclear on that.

  • well informed Bountiful, UT
    July 17, 2019 8:43 a.m.

    It's not racist?

    For those who work in an office setting, go and tell a dark skin person to go back to their own country and see what happens.

    I wonder how human resources would handle it?

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 17, 2019 8:41 a.m.

    My friend Greg was born in Santa Fe. His family has lived there since the 1600s. He is continually told to "go back where you came from." He carries his US passport wherever he travels because of the checkpoints throughout New Mexico.

    "Go back where you came from!"

    This unambiguously racist chant just came out of the mouth of our "president." He and his Republican enablers, including Bishop, Stewart, and (surprisingly) Curtis, have just made things infinitely worse for Greg--whose family lived here long before any of them.

    Thanks.

  • Flipphone , 00
    July 17, 2019 8:40 a.m.

    What would you expect... he is a Democrat.

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    July 17, 2019 8:40 a.m.

    Good for him. Trump's racism shouldn't go unaddressed. Unfortunately the people in power in Washington DC aren't going to do anything about this.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 8:37 a.m.

    Party before country or anything else apart from perhaps money.

    At least we have one decent representative.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    July 17, 2019 8:25 a.m.

    M_Hawke - Golden, CO - For as long as this country has existed, and especially since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, speaking to someone who isn't caucasian, speaks with an action or has a name not selected from the standard Anglo-Saxon list of names and suggesting they "go back' to their country or any country other than this, is a racist remark and reflects racist and ignorant attitudes on the part of the speaker. Talk to almost anyone who fits that description and they will tell you how they or a member of their family has experienced that in their life in America, despite how long they and their family has been here and regardless of their citizenship status. The people who commit this offense know that it is a racist act and that is their intention.

    That action, while despicable, might be tolerated by a forgiving public when it is perpetrated by an uneducated yokel who has been brainwashed by generations of small minded, cowardly ancestors, but when the president of our nation makes that kind of statement it is worthy of the wrath he has received.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 17, 2019 8:04 a.m.

    godbdian said: "For one thing, this country is not a democracy, it is a "republic" and another thing, the term racist today is used when one doesn't agree with what is being said, not just skin color, it being overused in my view."

    What if it had nothing to do with not agreeing on an ideal, but was just a racist statement, like telling pigmented people to go back to their own country?

    I don't understand the willful ignorance of some folks to not see this for what it is.

    Trump has a history of being/saying racist things, so you either agree with him or don't care that he is.

    You don't get to reword or tell us we don't understand, he's a grown man for heavens sake, can he not communicate without his handlers having to explain what he really meant, and make excuses even as he doubles down?

    Didn't he run on America is horrible but he can make it great again, why wasn't he asked to leave the country he thought was terrible?

    Proud Utah has Ben, at least one representative who isn't just another subservient trumplican.

  • bill4570 ,
    July 17, 2019 7:54 a.m.

    We do not have an adult in the white house and it seems that not too many of our representatives want to tell our playground bully that he is out of line with his remarks.

    Very few want to stand up to him when he is wrong.

    That's scary.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 17, 2019 7:50 a.m.

    So glad our Congress has time to dabble in silly resolutions but can't do ONE THING about our most severe and pressing problem: ILLEGAL immigration.

    And, no, President Trump is NOT " our most severe and pressing problem.."

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 7:51 a.m.

    I have some problems with this

    1) why is Congress wasting time with crap like this, resolutions pointing out what is clearly obvious. I tend to vote Republican, I know that our President is a morally bankrupt person who has no idea how to care for others.

    2) if Congress is wasting time on this why is McAdams the only one to support this resolution? Where are the others and why are they not standing for what is right vs what is politically correct?

    3) Mr Trump will continue to alienate people, he's a polarizing figure, and I HOPE that the voters will recognize and choose a better candidate in the next election. But then we had bad candidates all around in this past Presidential election, surely there are better people who can run for office and lead our Nation.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 17, 2019 7:43 a.m.

    @J. Smith

    And, do you demand "accountability" from the "squad" no matter how vitriolic and unpatriotic their inflammatory comments are?

    Apparently not.

    🤔

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 17, 2019 7:43 a.m.

    Are we talking "racist", as in viewing everything in terms of one's race and thinking some races are better than others, or are we talking the Democrats' modified version of "racist" as in they disagree with someone of color?

    Oh, and since liberals are ignorant about the "whataboutisms", people are merely pointing out the hypocrisy of the left; it goes to show that leftists are upset by what somebody says based on that person's political ideology and nothing more. Any comment by Trump is bad/racist, and any comment by Pressley, AOC, Pelosi, etc. is not.

    For crying out loud, I have yet to hear a single Democrat leader denounce the leftist attack on a detention center last weekend!

  • bemorefair , 00
    July 17, 2019 7:22 a.m.

    How many times have I seen it written here and many other websites - including even the other paper in Utah - and I quote, "If you don't like it here in Utah, feel free to leave."

    If I were president, I would simply have asked these four congresswomen, "If you hate America so bad, why do you choose to live here?" which is exactly the question most people are wondering.

    As far as McAdams voting on this condemnation of our President, I will say this. aHaving spent years of my life in a third-world country, I understand as well as Mr. McAdams or anyone the plight of the immigrant. I don't really care about McAdams trying to rack up more points on his democratic scorecard on this issue. I've already seen plenty from him to know he prefers Pelosi to Utah when it comes to agendas.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    July 17, 2019 7:20 a.m.

    A step forward. The President has been rebuked by the House for his racist comments. It is done and it will not be taken back. Our President has been cited by a branch of Congress for racist remarks, joining Andrew Jackson in infamy. And think about it---when this is discussed twenty years from now, how many do you think will rush to this Presidents defense with cries of "Oh---well, that was just political. And what he said wasn't "exactly" racist...." Right. That'll happen. Nope--our nation is beginning to call this man out for who and what he is. And Xert applauds that and feels validated because for three years I've been saying that the supports for a Trump presidency is most largely based in racism. It was there in his campaign. It was present among his supporters and now it is a matter of public record.

  • Utah Soldier Bountiful, UT
    July 17, 2019 7:14 a.m.

    Interesting that Congress is willing to pass a resolution specifically condemning President Trump for his comments (which can be debated as to whether they were racist or not) but refused to pass a resolution specifically condemning Rep. Omar for her VERY SPECIFIC anti-semitism comments.

  • LeftField Auckland, 00
    July 17, 2019 7:00 a.m.

    If Bishop, Stewart and Curtis think that Trump's inflammatory rhetoric is going to stop when they refuse to criticize him, they're dreaming.

  • Applelovernow Henderson, NV
    July 17, 2019 6:49 a.m.

    ‘Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.’
    Benjamin Franklin

    I think this applies to Tweets as well today.

  • DonCervantes Glen Allen, VA
    July 17, 2019 6:46 a.m.

    Yet more misleading statements and comments by the media and its political allies. I am no fan of our President's communication by Tweet. However, his Tweets and comments are not racist, nor do they indicate racist tendencies. Let us remember actual examples of racist comments from former President Obama when he called his white grandmother a "typical white person", and that white police officers act "stupidly", and the countless examples of clear, unadulterated racism emanating from the church walls of Jeremiah Wright.

    Not all of us have such short memories that we cannot remember actual racism from the left. This story and those who stoke the flames of racial animus contribute to the division within this country that threatens to tear us apart, and they will be accountable to the resulting carnage.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    July 17, 2019 6:36 a.m.

    My grandparents were immigrants. They were told to go back from whence they came loudly, publicly, even in church. They were afraid for their very lives more than once. A comment by a President would have made it all the worse.

    Yet, this is what happened. They were made to be afraid, and they were in the racial majority and of the majority religion. Only when they opened their mouth would anyone know they were born elsewhere.

    I know why the President pointedly chose 4 women who happen to have pigmented skin with his (IMHO) racist comment. (They were born in this country, or had been here a long time and a citizen.) Those who deny this sneaky attempt to put his white nationalism out there are just plain wrong. The President has a history of scapegoating minorities on purpose to exploit anxiety and attract votes from the racial majority in this country.

    The sad part is, the racial majority of this country does not seem to get it. My grandparents would have, and I imagine that most of the ancestors of those in Utah would as well. Fleeing hostile environments for a better life in this country is our history.

    Sadly so is racism and xenophobia.

  • godbdian Gilford, NH
    July 17, 2019 5:48 a.m.

    For one thing, this country is not a democracy, it is a "republic" and another thing, the term racist today is used when one doesn't agree with what is being said, not just skin color, it being overused in my view.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    July 17, 2019 5:40 a.m.

    Thank you Ben, for having the backbone Utah's GOP clearly lacks.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 4:23 a.m.

    Unless this nation demands accountability there is zero hope. No amount of "thoughts & prayers" will make it right!

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    July 17, 2019 2:52 a.m.

    There is nothing ethical or patriotic about this vote. It is a partisan political exercise based on remarks by President Trump taken out of their context. There was nothing racial about it. It just shows how divided out country really is. Ben McAdams once again proves what side he rests upon; a reliable vote for Nancy Pelosi. The district he represents is secondary.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2019 1:06 a.m.

    Much of the acceptance of Trump by American religion (includes lots.of LDS) is transactional. They know he is an immoral man but his agenda they want. BTW this why this newspaper is so careful with Trump.

  • Light and Liberty St George, UT
    July 17, 2019 12:50 a.m.

    Only a progressive Socialist to take Trump's words here and turn them into a racist rant. Good luck with that one. The Democrats and Progressives continue to show how extreme they are. Trump will win in a yawner 2020! We have reached the end of these broad Socialist programs to save us all with endless taxation and spending. It is over. Whether Democrat or Republican, it is over. The progressives will continue fighting, but the pendulum has swung and it ain't coming back. It has been a 50 year run that hasn't done any good, but now the mask is off.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    July 17, 2019 12:23 a.m.

    For anyone who bothered to read the President's comments, it's apparent they were not racist. So any time anyone uses the racist label for them, they are lying. The President's tactic of revealing liars on the left and in the media is working very well. Congratulations President Trump.

  • opinion 47 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    July 16, 2019 11:16 p.m.

    As a republican, i have a lot of respect for Ben McAdams, that being said i don’t see how telling the squad they can the US if they don’t like America is racist . Accusing the President of being a racist is getting old.

  • RichardB Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 10:33 p.m.

    What did Nancy Pelosi have to say about the four freshmen Democrats? "The House Speaker accused all four members of being caught up in their own "world" of social media after they voted against the $4.6 billion bipartisan border bill. She also said their style of leadership does not lend itself to followers and highlighted their lack of support."
    "They didn’t have any following," she told The New York Times in an interview published Saturday. "They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

    Racism has become a political tool.

    "We call things racism just to get attention. We reduce complicated problems to racism, not because it is racism, but because it works."
    --- Alfredo Gutierrez, political consultant, as quoted by Richard de Uriarte, The Phoenix Gazette, March 14, 1992

  • EmmanuelGoldstein1984 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 10:17 p.m.

    I salute Ben McAdams for displaying an ethical compass and true patriotism -- something notably missing in those three other Utah Congressmen, who continue to waffle on something that should be an easy call.

  • cpafred Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 9:44 p.m.

    Good for you Ben. Your integrity is intact today.

    A couple of years ago my co-worker’s mother (Hispanic) and husband were walking along a trail in Zion’s Park when a passer-by asked them “how do you spell illegal?” Not a great introduction to Utah.

    Look up the definition of racism.
    Trump has repeatedly denigrated, and applied stereotypes to people based on their skin color/ethnicity.

  • mrjj69 Bountiful, UT
    July 16, 2019 9:31 p.m.

    Another utah politician who openly criticizes our president. Shameful.

  • Pig Frizzle Tremonton, UT
    July 16, 2019 9:14 p.m.

    Of course he did, he must vote/march in lock-step with his leaders.
    This whole thing is about an old illusionist trick, watch this hand ... not what the other hand is doing.
    How much attention has been paid to the Antifa terrorist? ... or the internal memos of the social media’s influence on voting? ... or the lowest unemployment in over 30 years?
    No, no, no, we need to give the masses circus’s & bread, all while ‘Rome’ is burning to the ground.
    Pres. Trump should not have ‘Tweeted’ anything & should have ignored them.
    They, on the other hand, should do the job they were elected to do & not try to pick a fight each day.

  • StBarbara Cedar City, UT
    July 16, 2019 9:02 p.m.

    Pelosi and the “squad” were at each other’s throats last week. The “squad” calling Pelosi racist and other comments. Trump attack’s the “squad” then Pelosi (along with other dems) who were chastising the “squad” last week come to the defense of the “squad” Pelosi and others have now linked themselves to the “squad” by defending them. How does Pelosi defend the them when they attacked her the same way they did President Trump. He played them like a fiddle. Can’t separate the progressives from the liberals now no matter how much Pelosi wants to. Well played President Trump, well played.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    July 16, 2019 8:54 p.m.

    Much ado about nothing. Mr. Trump will continue tweeting foolishly. The liberal media will keep twisting his words. The congress will keep piping up where they can get a sound bite but not do their actual jobs. They all are floating bits in the same cease pool. Boy what a sad state of affairs we live in.

  • sosaysme Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 8:47 p.m.

    I'm so sick of the "whataboutism" on comment boards. I guess all of those posters were taught by there mothers that two wrongs DO make a right. We should call out wrong whenever and wherever we see it not just those we disagree with.

    As far as critical statements about our country; pointing out where we need to improve is one of the most patriotic things we can do. If you want to see a great example of what happens when you don't, go watch HBO's Chernobyl.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    July 16, 2019 8:13 p.m.

    I wouldn't call the remarks racist. I'd call them blunt and unpleasant, but honesty is the best policy, I thought we have all been taught.

    To me, AOC seems like a paid actress who has assumed her role so well she seems to believe what she is saying. Have any of the four studied the Constitution of the United States, which is supposed to be the law of the land?

    I think Ben McAdams is being politically correct, which is what some politicians think will keep them in office.

  • Ms.W South Jordan, UT
    July 16, 2019 7:50 p.m.

    The media actually believe they've exposed Donald Trump, but he is several steps ahead of them and liberal democrats. This is exactly what he wanted, the focus on the four socialist congress women of color "the squad" and his "racist" comment, while he is dramatically restricting illegal immigration.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 7:15 p.m.

    With the gang of majority Democratic representation in the house and a large pro-progressive media all zeroing in on Trump, is it really bravery ? The pejorative label of racism is falsely made against the President as others have pointed out. Among all the false accusations made against Trump over the years, Trump is the only one who is pilloried for outlandish remarks. It is the curse of our time brought upon by political warfare becoming very destructive. Others have made the point about those who criticize our country while silently or vocally supporting terrorists should be honest and go join them. Those who are truly brave face the serious problems that exist in our political climate that come from all sides. Until then, Mr. McAdams and Romney, you are not brave; you are merely taking sides.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 7:11 p.m.

    The vitriol, hateful language & behavior of people in both parties needs to stop. They are always fighting to see who can go the lowest. It is far easier to promote hate & discord than peace & cooperation. The last two take emotionally & mentally mature people who are interested in improving the state of our country and world.

    People like Trump like to promote chaos, dysfunction, division, & hate. They pride themselves on this. They throw out the firecracker & than sit back & enjoy the chaos around them. Why do Dems take his bait every time? Why don't Republicans call him on it in appropriate ways unless they enjoy being like him? It is almost like Congress prides itself on seeing how dysfunctional they can be as do many groups in our communities.

    it is time to return to some civility, more moderate leaders who can reach across the aisle and work together on all the problems are country is facing. Our forefathers are turning over in their graves at what a mess we are making of our democracy, election processes, and gov't and country. Our many vets who have given the ultimate sacrifice are doing the same. They did not die for us to trash everything they fought and died for.

  • Say No to BO Springville, UT
    July 16, 2019 7:01 p.m.

    As it turns out, trash talk is easier than governing. And it pays the same.

    We used to go out to the fairgrounds on Saturday nights to watch Crusher Kowalski and The Bearded Mormon. They put on a great show, but everyone knew they weren't really hurting each other.

    At the end of the night, they split the ticket sales and everybody went home.

    Washington's like that. The parties are two horns from the same goat. They don't have any solutions to the problems before them, so they wrestle instead. And the press laps up the blow-by-blow dialogue.

    [sigh]

  • The Dark Knight Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 6:33 p.m.

    As usual, I'm proud to be in Ben McAdams district. And ashamed of Utah's other representatives.

  • Nichol Draper West Jordan, UT
    July 16, 2019 6:26 p.m.

    Trump's a racist, Ilhan Omar is Anti-Semitic, Pelosi is bigoted against Christians, and what did Obama say about Whites in up-state Pennsylvania? Now we have Ben McAdams weigh in on political lines and people call him brave? Brave would have been to say let's stop the name calling and counter name calling and actually pass laws that help regular citizens.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    July 16, 2019 6:24 p.m.

    @T-money$$$
    Please do quote for us when Bernie or Nancy told these four women to leave the country.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    July 16, 2019 6:20 p.m.

    Other than ineloquently disagreeing with someone who happens to be not a white, heterosexual, Christian, male, what exactly did Trump say or write that is racist? Direct quote anyone?

    Put another way, if Trump had said or written exactly the same thing to a fair skinned person of English, Irish, Scandanavian, or Canadian descent, would his comments be "racist"?

    There may well be some valid criticisms of Trump's tweets. But labeling them racist simply because the object of derision happens to be a racial minority just isn't valid.

    There is a line between advocating for worthy improvements in our nation and just attacking our culture, history, and country. At some point, a lot of us get tired of the latter and share the sentiment of, "ain't no fences keeping you here and ain't nobody swimming through 90 miles of shark infested water to get *out* of this nation."

    While "love it or leave it" isn't a legit response to every criticism, at some point, "Why do you live where you seem to hate everything?" becomes a valid question.

    Trump could be more delicate. Congressmen could do better than tacitly defending terrorism while tearing down the nation they are elected to serve.

  • Frozen Fractals Paducah, KY
    July 16, 2019 6:18 p.m.

    @Confused

    "Trump simply asked why these four women who have openly targeted him (is that not racist in itself?)"

    There is nothing inherently racist with criticizing a president.

    "the country they came from (although 3 were born in this country, their family country of origin is NOT the US)"

    That's exactly what the problem is, three were born in this country, this is their country of origin. This is blatantly challenging the legitimacy of non-white citizenship in this country. He did it with Obama too with his birther conspiracies.

    and helped those countries and come back and tell us how to do it.

    "it is not based on race"

    People tell American-born white people "if you don't like it, leave". People don't tell American-born white people "if you don't like it, go back to the country you are from".

    "four Muslim congresswomen"

    Only 2 of the four are Muslim. But hey, might as well toss some Islamophobia in this racist, anti-immigrant pile now.

  • Frozen Fractals Paducah, KY
    July 16, 2019 6:12 p.m.

    Saying "if you don't like it here, leave" isn't racist. Rude and offensive, sure, but not racist.

    However, telling women of color (which is something that applies to all 4 members of that Progressive Democratic women crew) that they should go back to the country they came from, is racist. Why? Because it's asserting that the country they belong to is not this one, even though three of those 4 were born in the United States. So what country are they supposed to be going back to? It's an assertion based on race, by the birther-in-chief president who attacked the citizenship of the first black president. This is not a new thing for Trump, and he only ever directs it at minorities, just like a white supremacist does. He doesn't tell people like Biden, Bernie, Hillary, Pelosi, or Schumer to go back to the countries they came from.

  • Biscuit , 00
    July 16, 2019 6:10 p.m.

    Man, aren't we kinda blowing this so called "racist comments " a little bit out portion? I guess this is all the dems have right now. This is not a good look for the desperate dem party. But, by all means keep it up, your losing voters by the thousands. Trump 2020

  • mallow Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 16, 2019 6:10 p.m.

    Thank you again Mr. McAdams/ It's nice to see a good person representing us rather than a bunch of self-serving bureaucrats.

  • Joe Hilll Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 5:45 p.m.

    An unexpected act of courage. I thought for sure he would sit this vote out. Thanks Ben

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 16, 2019 5:14 p.m.

    Having lived in countries that abuse women and children on a regular basis, there can be anger and frustration on both sides.

    However, a President or Prime Minister has power and that is preemptive for women in most countries and especially for children.

    This President has ridiculed his opposition as a candidate in both the Republican and national campaign against Hillary Clinton. Everyone, all 16 candidates were harassed by President Trump, especially Mrs Clinton in the debates.

    President Trump has chastised and rebuked our long-term allies.

    He has promoted the crowds at campaigns to basically do violence and abuse to non-Republicans. He even said if he committed violence that no one would prosecute him.

    That is not our nation’s policy for almost 240 years.

    Sixty-years ago, I could not fathom any President or Vice-President would ever promote public violence.

    We have stooped to a low-level standard as the country that had promoted life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    We need to remember our ancestors that were driven from one state to another, and that even in Utah, those ancestors had troubles finding security and safety.

  • T-money$$$ Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 5:09 p.m.

    Bernie and other progressives have been saying the same things and AOC and her friends have been saying in the house.

    You don't see Trump or any other republican telling Bernie or Warren to "go back to their home country"

    You can still be civil while disagreeing on policy. Trump's comments were completely out of line and just another drop in the bucket full of examples of how this administration is tearing the political, social, and institutional fabric of this great country apart..

  • reriding Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 4:45 p.m.

    Mr. Trump singled out four outspoken women who happen to not look an awful lot like him to "send back" to their homelands, assuming that people who don't look like him come from from inferior countries. He has since blamed his actions on the congresswomen, for them being vocal and doing what they are elected to do, trying to steer the country in their preferred direction. He says they hate America, but take a look at his own campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," which clearly implies that American is not great. That's some hate there! Take a look as his lawlessness, at his his grovelling at the feet of dictators, at his deep lack of respect for the citizens, which allows him to lie with impunity. Plenty of hate for American democracy.

  • dski Herriman, UT
    July 16, 2019 4:40 p.m.

    Last week, AOC called Pelosi a racist. Will there be a resolution on that, Ben? I see nothing there that has anything to do with race. Your interpretation does. Creating something out of nothing.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 16, 2019 4:37 p.m.

    Reading or listening to Trump's comments and the anti-American statements by those four women proves that Trump is clearly judging them on the "content of their character, not the color of their skin."

    That was what Dr. Martin Luther King wanted, but now "racism" is anything a Republican ever says.

    Ben McAdams is all over the President for comments about 4 far left congresswomen's repeated harsh anti-American statements. But McAdams has no criticism of those anti-American statements? Does he agree with their anti-American sentiments, or is he just Pelosi's Democrat?

    President Trump has a 44% approval rating.
    Congress, on the other hand has a 20% approval rating and has not hit 30% in over 10 years.

  • Mack2828 Kenton Vale, KY
    July 16, 2019 3:55 p.m.

    Oh the drama of it all. The fake hysteria.
    Is this really what it has come to in the great United States of America? Politicians with nothing more constructive to do than read each others tweeting and twittering and then get all up hysterical about it? Mr McAdams, Get off twitter and get to work!

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    July 16, 2019 3:54 p.m.

    Defending the false accusation of racism, it’s what Democrats have perfected. It’s a decades old ploy, like aging fine wine. They have perfected it.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 16, 2019 3:46 p.m.

    "From what I can tell, he's tired of this group (AOC, Kamala, Pelosi, etc.) raising cries of injustice and inequality everywhere they go, condemning America, telling those with opposing views they're racist and stirring up contempt."

    Wrong, They have only been in Congress for less than a year. He singled them out when others have said similar things before they were even in Congress.

    "Haven't you ever said something to someone you meant one way, and that person misunderstood and took it another way? Or, it's taken out of context. I have seen a lot of Trump's remarks taken out of context and "spun" for the worse."

    Trump is a bully. He has done this over and over again and you coddle him like he is a baby.

    "Most, if not all of those have big time problems and/or severely limited freedoms. If said senators feel they can fix our country, maybe they should take their genius to these failed countries first to prove that their ideas actually work."

    These people are not senators. Besides Trump should go back to his country of origin and he might find out they may have better solutions to our problems. Oh gee, maybe some things like better health care solutions,

  • Utahnareapeculiarpeople Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 3:34 p.m.

    @The Great Helmsman - Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    "Rob Bishop was actually my history teacher at Layton High School in the early-1970s. It might have been his student teaching before he went to Box Elder County. He was actually interesting and not political at all. (Perhaps he kept that under his hat since politics has no place in a public school)."

    I don't think it's political at all for a teacher in American government/history to teach about racism in America. In fact, it's very political NOT to teach about the history of racism/ethnic discrimination in America (not to mention that we end up with millions of people--who also support the "president"--who don't know that the civil war was about slavery or who actually built the transcontinental railroad). And I don't think it's too much to expect a congressional rep who taught American government/history to stand up and say something when the president and head of his party not only makes incredibly racist comments about members of congress--citizens all, and all elected by citizens), but keeps doubling down.

  • BJMoose Syracuse, UT
    July 16, 2019 3:34 p.m.

    As he should have. What trump tweeted was vile racist filth.

  • Joey D Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 3:34 p.m.

    Trump is playing them like a Master Fiddler. Onward Maestro!

  • AT Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 16, 2019 3:25 p.m.

    Poor Ben, playing right into Trump's hand. Maybe Ben should be focusing on his day job... Oh wait, his day job seems to be spending the US into oblivion.

    Never mind.

    Ben, keep it up. Follow every distraction Trump puts in your path. Spend every waking minute on this silliness...

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 16, 2019 3:13 p.m.

    Why is the only Dem representative from Utah the only one with a conscience?

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    July 16, 2019 3:01 p.m.

    If one really looks at the downtown cities: Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, and Boston, they do look like third world countries and are a crime and homeless infested. So Trump could be right--fix those cities. Now Salt Lake City looks like heaven compared to these other cities.

  • Say No to BO Springville, UT
    July 16, 2019 3:02 p.m.

    Did McAdams censure his colleagues when they uttered their offensive comments? They've been throwing daggers since they took office in January.

    As long as he's consistent, I applaud his integrity.

    But if he ignored all their truly racist comments and suddenly piles on Trump, that's disgusting. And Ben isn't alone.

    This is just more Trump-bashing. Sure, Donald brought this needlessly upon himself. He should have stood aside and watched the Dems attack each other.

    But, this way more people, like McAdams, take sides and reveal themselves.

    Pass the popcorn.

  • Aggies#1 MURRAY, UT
    July 16, 2019 2:56 p.m.

    Surprise surprise! While Pelosi, McAdams, and gang are spending all of their time focusing on illegal aliens and their protection. How about doing something for those who are actually here legally? We have a problem with our homeless, our veterans, an increasing national debt, and McAdams is worried about The Presidents tweets? How about some legislation that will actually do something positive for our country! Quite wasting your time on meaningless issues.

  • Jimbo Low PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    July 16, 2019 2:45 p.m.

    I would find it refreshing if Congress passed a resolution to do their jobs rather than have unhealthy obsessions about the President and the border (unless they actually wanted to HELP with the border situation).
    Would McAdams get behind that resolution?

  • iluvnz Vernal, UT
    July 16, 2019 2:44 p.m.

    @JoCo Ute

    To be clear, I am NOT defending Trump's comments. But if you're going to say "...if something smells like racism, sounds like racism, has a history of racism, looks like racism and practices racism it is racism!", you could just as easily say, " If something smells like an America hater, sounds like an America hater, has a history of hating American, looks like an American hater and manifests hatred toward Americans as all four of these freshmen congress women have, then it is exactly that. I don't believe Trump handled it very well, but he is only speaking the truth.

  • Judith D. Los Angeles, CA
    July 16, 2019 2:44 p.m.

    Today’s political discourse is pathetic. Those who hate Trump find these comments to be horribly racist. Those who support Trump do not. None of it matters to those 90 percent who will never change their minds on Trump. The only thing that matters is that AOC Plus Three are back on center stage, which is exactly where Trump wants them to be. Those four are as anti-American as I’ve seen on the Hill in my 70 plus years. For those, like myself, who would like to see Trump not get reelected, the last thing you should want is to make this issue into a long debate, which will only embolden AOC and the other very dangerous folks on the far left. As much as I want someone other than Trump to win in 2020, I’d vote for him over a candidate who agrees with AOC. Keeping them in the spotlight guarantees another four years for Trump, which would be bad for his country in my opinion. So let this go and let’s focus on finding a candidate who wants to unite us.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    July 16, 2019 2:29 p.m.

    I would agree with McAdams if Trump actually tweeted something racist.

    According to the dictionary, racism is defined as "a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race"

    According to the Tweets I read, Trump simply asked why these four women who have openly targeted him (is that not racist in itself?) with all kind of unfounded accusations and impeachment do not go back to the country they came from (although 3 were born in this country, their family country of origin is NOT the US) and helped those countries and come back and tell us how to do it.

    The problem is that most people think it is racist because of the four women ethnicity and saying "go back to the country they were born". The comment may be rude and insensitive, but it is not based on race, therefore can not be a racist tweet.

    The tweet was a direct response to four Muslim congresswomen who have tweeted or spoken as bad comments, if not worse, about our current President.

  • Susan Quinton Draper, UT
    July 16, 2019 2:20 p.m.

    Sigh. Silly clowns in DC playing while the rest of us work hard. Both sides need to be draining the swamp. Agree with you, @I have my Opinion.

  • Gary Kinney Huntington Beach, CA
    July 16, 2019 1:57 p.m.

    Although I do agree the President does push the envelope at times, where did he say anything about race? These congresswomen have done nothing but spew hate for the only country where they would be allowed to spew hate. He never mentioned their color, their race. Not everything is about race. I’m grateful someone’s not afraid to call out hate mongers.

  • Sore loser Oakland, CA
    July 16, 2019 1:54 p.m.

    There should be another resolution condemning Democrats for taking Trump’s words out of context and trying to make political points with their ridiculous resolution

  • morianton Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 16, 2019 1:54 p.m.

    I think this is a case of Trump saying something the wrong way. I've read through the tweet. It doesn't sound nearly as racist as everyone makes it out to be. Haven't you ever said something to someone you meant one way, and that person misunderstood and took it another way? Or, it's taken out of context. I have seen a lot of Trump's remarks taken out of context and "spun" for the worse.

    From what I can tell, he's tired of this group (AOC, Kamala, Pelosi, etc.) raising cries of injustice and inequality everywhere they go, condemning America, telling those with opposing views they're racist and stirring up contempt. If true, this group isn't helping anyone.

    Yeah, he messed up by telling them all to go back to "their" countries, since most were born here in America; I think he was alluding to ancestry. But, I believe the point he was trying to make is that other countries have governments whose policies fall in line with their ideals. Most, if not all of those have big time problems and/or severely limited freedoms. If said senators feel they can fix our country, maybe they should take their genius to these failed countries first to prove that their ideas actually work.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    July 16, 2019 1:43 p.m.

    Well, it is good to see at least one Utah Congressperson with a spine. Montana's reporter beating Congressman does not have one, though he talks a tough game. Well when he can beat up innocents that is.

  • eldonp Parowan, UT
    July 16, 2019 1:36 p.m.

    It is good for Ben McAdams to develop a backbone. Mitt Romney, too, made comments critical of the president's appalling language and manner. The rest of the delegation will probably goose-step behind the Great Leader, much to their discredit and shame.

    One wants to believe that most Utahns are not racist and are sympathetic to the plight of the refugee. Please don't change the subject. Please don't make false equivalencies. This is not about freedom or socialism.

    Racism and bigotry ought to be called out because they are bad and dangerous traits which run completely against the ideals of our nation from its founding until today.

  • I have my opinion Kaysville, UT
    July 16, 2019 1:36 p.m.

    I'm an independent - not aligned with any party. I don't like Trump's latest series of tweets --- but I also haven't liked what the progressive legislators have said/posted. But, good grief, when is the legislative branch going to legislate (e.g. change/add laws that truly solve the immigration mess) and when is the executive branch going to execute laws in a respectful/efficient way??? I've lived a long while and our government has never been perfect, but it is becoming more of a clown show for all parties and all branches every year. I'm so sick of it...

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    July 16, 2019 1:22 p.m.

    Now that is a "message bill" worth a resolution!

    Thank you McAdams.

  • markusjbear Anaheim, CA
    July 16, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    Unfortunately, by the Democrats passing all these resolutions that condemn Mr. Trump for what he is saying, just keep his statements in the News longer. They do not help and they do not stop Trump from making these bully comments. We just keep feeding the fire, which I think Mr. Trump likes. Can we just ignore him and work on the important issues? Like working on how to fix the immigration problems.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    July 16, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    I commend McAdams for stand. What I find disturbing is the silence of Lee, Stewart, Bishop. and Curtis.

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    @Utahnareapeculiarpeople

    Rob Bishop was actually my history teacher at Layton High School in the early-1970s. It might have been his student teaching before he went to Box Elder County. He was actually interesting and not political at all. (Perhaps he kept that under his hat since politics has no place in a public school).

    Anyway, he is way, way off the deep end now, representing non-Utah interests. In the 2016 election cycle, 92.6% of contributions to his political campaign came from outside Utah, the highest out-of-state percentage of any member of the House.

    Most coming from the energy and agribusiness sectors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    But he will keep getting re-elected until he retires.

  • M_Hawke Golden, CO
    July 16, 2019 1:15 p.m.

    @JoCo Ute Nothing about Trump's tweet smells "racist" to me. Please point out the specific words that are racist. Along with a dictionary definition, please, and not yours.

    There was nothing racist about Trump's tweets or push back. Trump's tweets were Pro-American against Anti-American "representatives" in congress that are disgraceful. And the usual suspects, like Romney, are out and about, glomming onto the socialist, Democrat media machine's narrative that it is racist. For them, if the media says it is, then it must be. Amazing how many in government and among the populace cannot think for themselves.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 16, 2019 1:03 p.m.

    The only Utah representative with a spine.

    The racist dogwhistle of "go back to the country your from" is sickening and before the trumplicans defend it, please point out where this has ever been said to a white person in America, I'll wait, but we all know who he is.

  • Rita B Herriman, UT
    July 16, 2019 1:03 p.m.

    Yay, Ben! Those who are silent about Trump's anti-American, racist tweets are complicit.

    I suspect that someday our grandchildren will look back at this time and be horrified that so many people tolerated and agreed with this hate-filled rhetoric from the POTUS.

  • JoCo Ute Grants Pass, OR
    July 16, 2019 12:54 p.m.

    Before all you Trump defenders try to twist Trumps racist comments about four female members of Congress into something else I'd like to say that if something smells like racism, sounds like racism, has a history of racism, looks like racism and practices racism it it racism!

    No amount of blind loyalty, excuses or political expediency can excuse Trumps genuflecting to white supremacists and paranoid xenophobics.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    July 16, 2019 12:52 p.m.

    Good for McAdams. I wish his GOP colleagues hadn’t sold out their principles in the name of their party.

  • Utahnareapeculiarpeople Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 12:49 p.m.

    My old man was a history teacher, with a master's degree in the subject. He'd be appalled at Rob Bishop in particular: the man brags about having "dedicated his life to teaching" and his nearly three decades as an American history/government teacher, and he doesn't have anything to say about a "president"--and leader of Bishop's party--who doesn't even bother to try hiding his racism anymore?

  • bill4570 ,
    July 16, 2019 12:44 p.m.

    Good to see our elected leaders are perhaps taking a stand.. Pres was way out of line with his remarks.

  • kattawn Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2019 12:44 p.m.

    WOW! That's more inevitable than California having another earthquake!