Republicans on Tuesday demanded that Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) remarks condemning President Trump’s comments attacking four minority congresswomen as “racist” be removed from the record, bringing a House vote to pass a resolution condemning the president’s comments to an abrupt halt.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, demanded Pelosi’s remarks be removed.
In her comments, Pelosi said the president’s remarks telling a group of minority, female Democrats, to “go back” to where they came from 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 her speech 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 Cleaver (D-Mo.), who was presiding over the floor then reminded members “to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president.”
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“I came in here to do this in a fair way,” Cleaver said after an hour of discussion between the two parties. “I kept warning both sides — let’s not do this –hoping we could get through.”
“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,” he continued. “But unfairness is not enough, because we want to just fight.”
“I abandon the chair,” he said, slamming down his gavel.
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/Hm21mNyP6z
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