Fireworks erupted on the House floor today as lawmakers fought over a proposed resolution to condemn President Trump’s “racist” comments aimed at some freshmen Democrats.
While addressing the floor before voting on the resolution, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, “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. 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.”
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) immediately got up and asked if Pelosi would “rephrase” her comments.
“Can I ask the words be taken down? I make a point of order that the gentlewoman’s words are unparliamentary and be taken down,” he requested.
“I have cleared my remarks with the parliamentarian before I read them,” replied Pelosi before walking away.
Fox News reports:
Collins then repeated his request to strike Pelosi’s comments. For more than 30 minutes after Collins’ objection, House members were huddled with the parliamentarian, Thomas J. Wickham Jr., to determine next steps. Wickham’s determination could be overruled by Cleaver or a vote of the full House.
As the consultation dragged on, Pelosi then appeared to leave the House floor, which itself constitutes a violation of House Rules when someone’s words are taken down. Members are supposed to be seated on the floor when a member’s words are stricken.
Watch the dramatic moment unfold:
Republican Rep. Collins has objected to Speaker Pelosi's comments on the House floor that the president's comments are racist, and asks in a point of order that they be taken down; the parliamentarian is expected to rule on the objection. pic.twitter.com/3iRKFuY5GE
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