News Release: NDP Leaders Call Out Bacon, Fortenberry and Smith for Vote Against Rebuking Trump’s Racist Tweets

NDP leaders called out the cowardice of Reps. Don Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith for toeing the GOP line and voting against a successful measure Tuesday night rebuking President Trump for his racist tweets last weekend.

The House voted 240-187 to condemn Trump’s racist remarks telling four minority congresswomen to “go back” to their ancestral countries, with all but a handful of Republicans dismissing the rebuke as harassment while many Democrats pressed their leaders for harsher punishment of the president.

Bacon had expressed tepid objection to Trump’s Tweets earlier, but fell in line with his GOP masters.

Fortenberry and Smith also followed their GOP marching orders.

“Don Bacon is all words and no action,” said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb. “Nebraskans continue to witness Bacon giving Trump political cover for his racism. Nebraskans are proud of the diversity in our state and will answer the call in November 2020 to send a strong Democrat to truly represent the people.”

Said Precious McKesson, NDP Black Caucus Chair: “Rep. Bacon along with the other Nebraska congressmen are showing the communities of color that they don’t care about us. To not stand up against the president’s racist tweets shows us what cowards they are, and why we must elect Democrats to represent all of our communities’ values.”

Said Dulce Sherman, NDP LatinX Caucus Chair: “It is not all about politics.  It is about standing up and doing the right thing. Racism, lack of inclusion, lack  of cultural identity, has no room in our state. This is not the message we want our future leaders to hear. All should be welcomed here. “ 

Said Chandra Mechelle Walker, NDP Native Caucus Chair: “ I am very disappointed in our elected leaders for not standing up against racism and bigotry. They seem to forget whose lands they’re standing on. Their great grandparents once were the same immigrants who left their country to start a life in Nebraska. When you remain silent, you sided with the oppressor.”


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