As Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday evening repudiating President Donald Trump’s “racist remarks, a dramatic fight on the House floor erupted resulting in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi getting ruled out of order for breach of decorum.
The incident transpired when Pelosi’s characterized Trump in her prepared remarks as “disgusting,” “disgraceful” and “racist.”
“There is no place anywhere for the president’s words, which are not only divisive, but dangerous — and have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color,” Pelosi said. “It’s so sad because you would think that there would be a given that we would universally, in this body, just say, ‘Of course. Of course.'”
“There’s no excuse for any response to those words but a swift and strong unified condemnation. Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets,” she lamented. “To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values, and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people. I urge a unanimous vote, and yield back the balance of my time.”
Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins interrupted Pelosi’s speech, demanding that her words be “taken down.”
Following her speech, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat, announced the decision to revoke Pelosi’s speaker privileges from the House parliamentarian.
“The word used by the gentlewoman from California contained an accusation of racist behavior on the part of the president,” Hoyer said. “The words should not be used in debate.”
The House voted along party lines to strike Pelosi’s words from the record. They then voted to restore her speaking privileges.
“H. Res. 489 — Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress” asserts “President Donald Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”
The document referenced Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, and quoted luminaries such as Benjamin Franklin, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President John Kennedy and President Ronald Reagan.
House Democrats drafted the resolution in response to Trump tweeting on Sunday that unnamed “Democrat Congresswomen” should go back and fix the “corrupt” and “crime-infested places” from which they came and then “come back and show us how it’s done.”
The president later doubled down on his criticism of freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley at a “Made in America” event at the White House on Monday.
“As far as I’m concerned, if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave,” he said. “But if you’re happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, very simply you can leave, you can leave right now. Come back if you want, don’t come back, that’s okay too. But if you’re not happy, you can leave,”
H. Res. 489 passed by a vote of 240-187. All Democrats voted in favor of the resolution, with Republicans Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, Will Hurd, Fred Upton, Susan Brooks and Justin Amash, who recently left the Republican Party after calling for Trump’s impeachment, joining them.
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