Republicans on Tuesday demanded that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don’t have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE’s (D-Calif.) remarks blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: ‘Good’ As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE’s comments about four minority congresswomen as racist be removed from the record, freezing action on the floor ahead of a House vote condemning Trump.
Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsTech executives to take hot seat at antitrust hearing Mueller to give extended testimony after appearance postponed House passes bill to reauthorize funding for 9/11 victims MORE (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, demanded Pelosi’s remarks be removed, arguing she violated House rules forbidding personal attacks against the president or another lawmaker.
Earlier, Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHouse Democrats seek to move past rifts with minimum wage bill Problem Solvers Caucus co-chair calls Trump comments about progressive congresswomen ‘totally unacceptable’ Trump’s tweets unify a fractured Democratic Party MORE (D-Wash.) in the same debate asked that remarks made by Rep. Sean DuffySean Patrick DuffyKeep our elections free and fair Fox News contributor Campos-Duffy compares abortion to slavery Carson on HUD eviction plan: ‘You take care of your own first’ MORE (R-Wis.) be stricken from the record for calling Democratic lawmakers anti-American.
The battle over floor speeches came as the House debated the resolution condemning the president’s comments, aimed at a group of minority, female Democrats, telling them to “go back” to where they came from. The remarks were widely criticized as racist.
In her comments, Pelosi said the remarks were “xenophobic attacks on our members, on our people.”
“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,” she said.
“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,” she added.
After Collins asked Pelosi if she would like to rephrase her comments, Pelosi said she had cleared them with the parliamentarian in advance.
“I would like to make a point of order that the gentlewoman’s words are unparliamentary and ask they be taken down,” Collins said.
Rep. Emmanuel CleaverEmanuel CleaverGOP demands that Pelosi remarks be removed from record MORE (D-Mo.), who was presiding over the floor then reminded members “to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president.”
Action on the floor froze at that point, as lawmakers and the parliamentarian debated next steps.
Cleaver, in a dramatic moment, later abruptly left his position presiding over the House in frustration.
Rep. Cleaver: “We don’t ever, ever want to pass up, it seems, an opportunity to escalate, and that’s what this is. I dare anybody to look at any of the footage and see if there was any unfairness. But unfairness is not enough, because we want to just fight. I abandon the chair.” pic.twitter.com/pvfJL54kw1
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He said the two parties had been treated fairly in the floor debate.
“We don’t ever, ever want to pass up, it seems, an opportunity to escalate and that’s what this is,” he said. “I dare anybody to look at any of the footage and see if there is unfairness, but unfairness is not enough because we want to just fight.
“I abandon the chair,” he then stated before slamming his gavel down and leaving his position.