Trump says he's 'enjoying' firestorm sparked by 'racist' tweets

Every Democrat, but only four Republicans voted to condemn the president's comments in the House; Trump supporters said his tweets had nothing to do with race.
3:03 | 07/18/19

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Now to the president and the firestorm over his tweets aimed at four democratic congresswomen, telling them to go back to the countries they came from. Today, when asked about the uproar, the president said he's enjoying the fight. Terry Moran traveling with the president in Greenville, north Carolina, tonight. Reporter: President trump heading out for a campaign rally in North Carolina confident that the racial firestorm he sparked with his tweets is stoking his base. I'm enjoying it, because I have to get the word out to the American people. Reporter: It's now three days since trump tweeted in the kind of brutally bigoted language no president has used for decades, that four liberal democratic congresswomen should go back to the countries they came from, even though three were born in the usa. His white house team defending him. If the president was not telling these four congresswomen to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries was he referring? What's your ethnicity? Why is that relevant? Because I'm asking you a question. My ancestors are from Ireland and Italy. My ethnicity is not relevant to the question I'm asking. No, no, it is, because you're asking about -- he said originally. Reporter: The battle turned to the house floor. Every single member of this institution, democratic and Republican should join us in condemning the president's racist tweets. Reporter: Every Democrat, but just four Republicans voted to condemn the president's comments. Some of the president's democratic rivals say all this furor is just what he wants. This president purposely, I believe, distracts and attempts to distract by flame throwing. Reporter: Today, Mary Bruce asked speaker Pelosi about that. Are you concerned that the president is goading you? With all due respect, let's not waste our time on that. We're not having him set our agenda. We're setting our own agenda. Reporter: But on his way to tonight's rally, the president made his strategy crystal clear. I do think I'm winning the political fight. I think I'm winning it a lot. Why? I think that they are not espousing the views of our country, the four congresswomen. Trump 2020! Reporter: Here in Greenville, among the throngs waiting for trump, nearly everyone backing his claim that it's not about race at all. What do you think of speaker Pelosi saying what he said was racist? I don't believe he's a racist. Period. Reporter: You don't. I don't. Reporter: On what do you base that? It has nothing to do with race. It has more to do with our own values and whether you want to be an American or not. Terry Moran with us live in Greenville, and Terry, late today, on the hill, the other headline, the house blocking a move to impeach the president to begin proceedings over these tweets? Reporter: That's right, David. It was a very revealing vote. Speaker Pelosi leading 137 Democrats to vote against it, but 95 Democrats voted to impeach president trump. That shows just how outraged the base is over something that wasn't going to happen and that the ma yourty of the public supports. It's a divided party, fur sure. Meanwhile, the president is getting just what he wants out of this.

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