Chaos erupts on the House floor over Pelosi’s vocabulary

Chaos erupts on the House floor over Pelosi’s vocabulary

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaking in support of a resolution to condem President Trump on tweets, July 16, 2019, screenshot by Doug Christian
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaking in support of a resolution to condem President Trump on tweets, July 16, 2019, screenshot by Doug Christian

On the Hill with Doug Christian

(Audio: Speaker Pelosi on the House floor)

CAPITOL HILL – That was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking from the lower chamber on the resolution to condemn President Donald Trump for tweets against four freshmen congresswomen of color, known as The Squad. After she used the term “racist” on the chamber floor to define those tweets, her words prompted a parliamentary condemnation of its own.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) ran to Pelosi’s defense saying, “The words of the gentlewoman from California contain an accusation of racist behavior on the part of the president. As memorialized in Chapter 29, Section 65.6, characterizing an action as racist is not in order.”

Then, affirming the parliamentarian’s verdict, Hoyer said, “The chair relies on the precedent of May 15, 1984, and finds that the words should not be used in debate.”

After the House kerfuffle over Pelosi’s vocabulary, her caucus passed the resolution of condemnation of Trump, who told The Squad to “go back” to their countries.

Trump responded to the House condemnation with two midnight tweets:

This morning, Trump quoted Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy in a tweet:

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

 

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