Acting House Speaker Makes Ruling That Pelosi Calling Trump a Racist Violates Chamber’s Rules

Following Speaker Pelosi’s remarks on the House floor earlier today in which she called President Trump racist, Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins pointed out that Pelosi violated Chamber rules by making the accusation.

According to Western Journal, it all started as Pelosi delivered a speech that referred to Trump’s comments Sunday regarding a group of female progressive lawmakers as “racist.”

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Trump suggested the congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”

“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 Tuesday. “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,” she added, according to Fox News.

“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.”

After Pelosi was done, Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins asked if she’d like to “rephrase that comment.”

“I have cleared my remarks with the parliamentarian before I read them,” Pelosi responded.

That wasn’t good enough for Collins, who said: “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.”

“References to racial or other discrimination on the part of the President are not in order,” the passage reads. “As such, remarks may not refer to the President as: (1) a racist … (2) having made ‘racial slurs’ or ‘racial epithets’ … (3) telling a ‘racist lie’ … (4) a bigot … (5) having made a bigoted or racist statement … (6) having taken a bigoted action … (7) not caring about black people … (8) a misogynist … (9) having run a prejudiced campaign.”

House members from both parties then “huddled” with the House parliamentarian,” as Fox noted.

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Steny-Hoyer, the Sitting House Majority Leader led off the House debate by saying “The words used by the gentlewoman from California contained an accusation of racist behavior on the part of the President,” Mr. Hoyer said. “The words should not be used in debate.”

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