The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday evening condemning President Trump's "racist" statements – although the moment was overshadowed by a dramatic land struggle that ended with the expulsion of Speaker of Parliament Nancy Pelosi order for a breach of decorum.
The unexpected chaos in Congress, which briefly led to the lifting of Pelosis speech on the floor of the house, left commentators and lawmakers stunned. "So, Democrats voted against breaking the house rules and decency so they can declare decency to Trump, Surreal," wrote Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel.
The final resolution, entitled "H. Res. 489 ̵
Justin Amash MP from Michigan, who had recently left the Republican Party after claiming Trump's impeachment, also agreed with yes. The rest of the Republicans voted no.
The resolution claimed that "President Donald Trump's racist statements legitimized fear and hatred for new Americans and people of color skin". The document mentioned Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison, citing stars such as Benjamin Franklin, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President John Kennedy, and President Ronald Reagan.
Trump had tweeted on Sunday that unnamed "Democrat Congresswomen" should go back and fix the "corrupt" and "criminal places" from which they came, and then "come back and show us how it's done becomes". Later, he almost confirmed that he referred to the representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – all except Omar were born in the United States.
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However, what the leaders of the Democrats envisioned as a moment of unity of the Democrats turned out to be When Pelosi spoke for the resolution, she used open and ruthless expressions on Trump's comments – and soon became history herself.
"There is nowhere room for the President's words that are not just divisive, but dangerous – and have legitimized and reinforced fear and hatred of new Americans and people of skin color, "said Pelosi, D-Calif." It is so sad because you think there is a matter of course that we would have universally in this body , Just say: "Of course. Of course. "
Pelosi continued in a rising voice:" There is no excuse for any response to these words, except for a quick 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 less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shame I call for a unanimous vote and give the rest of my time back. "
Doug Collins, Republican from Georgia, rose to challenge her and demand that her words be quashed." The extraordinary rebuke was the first of its kind attended by a member of Congress and a spokesman for the House for decades were involved.
Collins stood up immediately and asked if Pelosi wanted to "rewrite this comment."
"I clarified my remarks with the MP before I read them," Pelosi claimed before leaving for applause.
"May I ask that the words of the gentle woman are un-parliamentary and written down," Collins said.
Fox News is notified that Collins uses house rule XVII, clause 1 (B). This rule requires the speeches to be "limited to the issue under discussion and avoid the personality."
"The Chair reminded all members, please, please, do not make personality-based comments," Cleaver said.
Collins reiterated his request to delete Pelosis's comments. For more than 30 minutes after Collins filed an appeal, members of the House of Representatives met with parliamentarian Thomas J. Wickham Jr. to determine the next steps.
Then Pelosi seemed to leave the house, which was a violation of house rules when someone's words were quashed. Members should sit on the floor when the words of a member are deleted.
The scene became even more bizarre When the chairman, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., After much back-and-forth, told the representatives that he was trying to make a fair decision on whether Pelosi violated the House Rules of Decency However, people did not cooperate. G. Cleaver told Fox News that he felt Pelosi was singled out.
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Cleaver simply stated, "I'm leaving the chair" and left – a moment that has not set a precedent in the modern history of Congress. North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield, also a Democrat, took over as chairman before Hoyer took over the reins.
Hoyer eventually took over the chairmanship on Pelosis request, so that a democratic leader and no simple member could take control. Hoyer finally read Parliament's decision that Pelez's language did not meet the standard set by the precedent of "May 15, 1984".
"The words used by the gentle California woman contained a charge of racist behavior by the President," Hoyer said, confirming the MP's decision and banning Pelosi from speaking on the floor of the house for the rest of the day.
"The words should not be used in the debate," said Hoyer.
Democrats, including Hoyer, quickly voted in party-political terms to re-establish Pelosi's right to speak and record their comments, effectively overruling the MP. Tip O & # 39; Neill, a Massachusetts Democrat. O'Neill remarked, "My personal opinion is as follows: You deliberately stood in front of an empty house and challenged these people, and you challenged their Americanism, and it is the lowest I have ever seen in my thirty-two years have Congress. "
The parliamentarian noted at the time that the spokesman's use of the word" low "was an inappropriate language, and O & Neill's words were abolished.
Collins condemned the Democrats for reversing the decision in a late Tuesday statement.
"The Democrats admitted that their words violated the rules of decency, the very rules that make sure that every voice of democracy can be heard when we do the people's business," said Collins. Nevertheless, every democratic legislature voted against deleting their words from the record. This is a repetition of house prices as it is a symptom and catalyst for a healthy, self-confident democracy. I hope that we regain this confidence soon and with more respect for the American people, who sent elected officials, including the President, to represent them in Washington. "
But Democrats privately told Fox News that the rules of the House of Representatives have been technically broken all the time, and the Republicans just wanted to distract from Trump's remarks.
Among other things, Parliament has used the "Manual of Parliamentary Practice" by Thomas Jefferson as a test of day-to-day running of the House of Representatives. Jefferson's manual stated that members of the House of Representatives should not use any language on the floor, "which personally offends the president."
The House has also relied on Cannon's precedent book written by late Missouri representative Clarence Cannon, a Democrat , was written. Cannons Boo k says that "personal criticisms, allusions, ridiculousness, and expressions of insolence" are not in order in the House of Representatives.
Republican representatives of the House of Representatives said the indignation over Trump's statements was "all about politics." A series of news Meanwhile, organizations have flatly labeled Trump's remarks as "racist" without acknowledging the dispute on this matter.
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina GOP Senator, told Fox & Friends that the Progressive Representatives are a "group of communists." More than a dozen GOP legislators have condemned Trump's statements.
Omar was previously criticized by prominent members of both parties for making comments that are generally considered anti-Semitic In March, the democratically led House overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution that indirectly condemned Omar's repeated "anti-Semitic" and "harmful" comments, including some in which she proposed to buy and pay for Jewish politicians in the US
In The final resolution of the House did not name Omar by name after days of democratic confrontation and instead condemned the bigotry of "all sorts."
Omar also described September 11 as a day when "some people did something." Trump and top republicans, the statements clearly as u nsensibel designated.
"We all know that [AOC] and this crowd are a bunch of communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own land, they call the guards along our border – the border guards – concentration camp guards," Graham said. 19659003] Some Republicans have condemned the President's statements, including Senator Lisa Murkowski of R-Alaska, who tweeted: "There is no excuse for the President's SP. Considerable comments – they were absolutely unacceptable and that must stop."
The final vote on the resolution on Tuesday evening led the Democrat Texas Rep. Al Green again impeachment Trump. Omar and Tlaib had urged in a press conference on Monday that Trump was "credibly charged with criminal collusion with Russians" despite the contrary findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
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Green said his revival of impeachment efforts was linked to Trump's comments this weekend. An impeachment decision is privileged, ie it is at the head of the legislature. It will be due for consideration either Wednesday or Thursday.
However, there can be no guarantee that the items of impeachment will be valued directly from top to bottom. The house could go to a table or set aside Green's measure. Therefore, the vote is not about the charges against the president, but about whether Green should kill the indictment or put it aside. The vote is two steps away from an actual appeal.
Chad Pergram and Ronn Blitzer of Fox News have contributed to this report.