In response, Trump tweeted anew Tuesday about the four congresswomen: "Why isn't the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said?".
Pressed by reporters Tuesday if she thought Trump's remarks were racist, Ernst replied, "Yeah, I do".
Fellow Texan Pete Olson also distanced himself, saying he is proud to represent "the most diverse Congressional district in America", and urged the president to disavow his comments. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ayanna Pressley of MA are all American citizens and all but Omar, a native of Somalia, were born in the United States. And at the highest levels of government, there is no room for racism, " Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who fought for civil rights in the 1960s, said in the final minutes of the House debate.
As he defends a series of controversial tweets and insists he's not racist, a jaw-dropping video of Donald Trump has just emerged.
After a delay exceeding 90 minutes, No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Pelosi had indeed violated a House rule against characterizing an action as racist.
The four-page measure traced the country's history of welcoming immigrants from colonial times and includes an entire page of quotes from Republican President Ronald Reagan. They have to decide whether to allow a vote on it, try to table it, or try to send it to a relevant committee.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, one of Trump's four targets, returned his fire. "How shameful to hear him continue to defend those offensive words - words that we have all heard him repeat, not only about our members, but about countless others".
"Republicans want this election to be about the economy and judges", said Alex Conant, a GOP operative who has advised presidential candidates. Rashida Tlaib, born in Detroit, is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants.
After the House voted 240-187 to condemn Trump's tweets, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy forced a vote to remove Pelosi's "racist" accusation from the record, which subsequently was blocked by House Democrats.
"Those ideas give us so much material to work with and it takes away from our time to talk about it", Sen.