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Congressional reporters in Washington, D.C., were scrambling to keep up Tuesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California appeared to break House rules during remarks from the floor.

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

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.”

At issue was a passage from the Jefferson Manual of Parliamentary Practice, which the House uses as a sort of rulebook to guide its operations.

“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.

Congressional reporters, meanwhile, breathlessly narrated the sequence of events over Twitter:

It was hard to tell what exactly was going on, but Pelosi did at one point did appear to walk off the House floor, which, according to Fox, “constitutes a violation of House Rules when someone’s words are taken down.”

Later, Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, who was presiding over the session, gave up and abandoned his chair.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland ended up presiding over the session and acknowledged that Pelosi’s remarks were out of order.

“Speaker Pelosi just broke the rules of the House, and is no longer permitted to speak on the floor of the House for the rest of the day,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California tweeted.

But Pelosi eventually returned to the floor and addressed her previous comments.

“I’m proud of my remarks and I’m glad they’re getting the attention they’re getting,” she said.

While Republicans wanted to strike Pelosi’s floor remarks from the record, a motion that would so failed in a 232-190 vote, according to The Hill.

The House then voted 231-190 to allow Pelosi to keep her floor speaking privileges on Tuesday.

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23 Comments
  • elphupphy says:

    Firstly let me say that Pelosi’s comments were inappropriate for the setting and should not have been allowed. The fact that the Dems over-rode parlimentary law twice is just another proof that liberals have no idea what laws really are and don’t care to follow any of them not to their liking. Much like a 5 year old will rebel against their parent for making them do things they need to do but don’t want to. Parents can solve that by a quick smack on the bottom of the unruly child, thus restoring discipline and order. We need to slap the shit out of the liberals in November. Kick them ALL out of government. They have no place in government once they started down this road of left left left FAR left decisions and policies. To think that a liberal would rather allow illegals into this nation than enforce our FEDERAL immigration laws would have been unthinkable 30 yeara ago. Liberalism has taken over the Democratic Party and must be severely disciplined.

  • The bitch from the sewer Nasty Nancy brakes the rules every single day. What has she and the democratic party done for America and its citizens since Trump became President? I’ll tell you what they have done nothing but work for illegal aliens and bash Trump 24/7. They have not done one thing for the country and its citizens.

  • Wilson says:

    Let it stay on record that way we have proof of what she said so she can not flip flop later on and future generations can see what an ass she she is.

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