Nancy Pelosi just suffered an embarrassing rebuke on the House floor. In a stunning vote, Pelosi was just ruled to have violated House rules for calling Trump a racist.
Next comes her punishment – she could be banned from speaking for the rest of the day in the House just when they have their big vote to condemn Trump.
What a clown show the Democrats have turned out to be. Sad. From The Washington Times:
The House ruled Tuesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s criticism of President Trump violates the chamber’s rules.
Members are now voting on whether her words should be struck from the official record.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer took over the gavel to make the announcement.
“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.”
“Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets,” she said. “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.”
Mrs. Pelosi told reporters after the vote that she stood by her statement.
“I’m proud of the attention that is being called to it because what the president said was completely inappropriate against our colleagues, but not just against them, but against so many people in our country to say ‘Go back where you came from,’” the California Democrat said.
The rules, which trace back to Thomas Jefferson’s writings, allow members to criticize the government or the president on the House floor in an official capacity, but they are prohibited from using language that is “personally offensive” to the president. For example, lawmakers cannot call the president a liar or hypocrite.
On the matter of racial rhetoric, Jefferson’s Manual explicitly states that any any reference to “racial or other discrimination on the Part of the President” are not allowed.
Speaker Pelosi on House floor:
"These comments from the White House are disgraceful … these comments are racist. 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." pic.twitter.com/2BmaJIPNSn
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 16, 2019