There was a disruption on the floor in the House of Representatives on July 16 after Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke in favor of a resolution that condemned a tweet sent by President Donald Trump as “racist,” video shows.
Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins called on Pelosi’s words to be “taken down,” Fox News reported. In theory, it could result in her being barred from speaking on the House floor for the rest of the day.
“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 (D-California) said in prepared comments. “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.'”
She added, “Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets.” Then Collins told her to “rephrase that comment.”
“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,” Collins said.
“The chair will remind all members, please, please, do not make personality-based comments,” the House chair, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri).
“I made a point of order the gentleman woman’s remarks are unparliamentary and I request they be taken down,” Collins repeated, according to the video.
“Is the gentleman making a demand that the words be taken down?” Cleaver asked.
“I request that the general woman’s words are unparliamentary and request that they be taken down,” Collins added.
Cleaver then stopped the debate so the issue could be resolved.
The comments Pelosi was referring to—and what the House may vote on—were President Trump’s Sunday comments about Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).
On July 16, Trump said his critical words towards four Democratic lawmakers over the weekend were not racist.
“Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” he tweeted.
Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019
“The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show ‘weakness’ and fall into their trap,” the president added. “This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country.”
In addition, he added, Omar has abysmally low poll numbers. Her freshman Democrat ally, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), fared about the same, Trump continued.
“Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8 percent, Cortez at 21 percent,” he wrote.
Next, Trump appeared to shine light on their true intentions in his recent tweets, saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) “tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!”