The democratically-controlled House of Representatives approved Tuesday's condemnation of President Trump's "racist" remarks this weekend – although the moment was largely overshadowed by a dramatic floor struggle earlier in the day ending with President Nancy Pelosi excluding orders for breaches of decorum.
The unexpected opportunity in the congress, which briefly resulted in the revocation of Pelos's speaking privileges on the home floor, left commentators and legislators stunned. "So, Democrats vote to break house rules and furnishings so they can call Trump out on decorum. Surreal" wrote Wall Street Journal colonist Kimberley Strassel.
The final resolution entitled "H. Res. 489 – Condemning President Trump's Racist Comments on Congress Members" by a vote of 240-187. All Democrats voted yes, with Republicans joining them: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Will Hurd, Fred Upton and Susan Brooks.
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, who recently left the Republican Party after requesting Trump's impeachment, also voted yes. The rest of the Republicans voted no.
The resolution stated that "President Donald Trump's racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color". The document mentioned Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, and quoted luminaries as Benjamin Franklin, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President John Kennedy and President Ronald Reagan.
Trump had tweeted on Sunday that the named "Democrat Congresswomen" would go back and fix the "corrupt" and "criminal infected places" from which they came and then "come back and show us how it's done". He later confirmed that he was referring to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – all of whom, except Omar, were born in the United States.
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But, which democratic leaders pictured as a moment of democratic unity proved to be a striking image of disarray . As Pelosi spoke for the resolution on the floor, she used French and unsparing terms about Trump's comments – and soon became the story herself.
"There is no place anywhere for the President's words, which is not only divisive but dangerous – and has legitimized and heightened fear and hatred of new Americans and color people," Pelosi, D-Calif said. "It is so sad that you would think it would be a given that we would just say" Of course. "
Pelosi continued and her voice rose:" There is no excuse for any response to these words, but a quick and strong uniform condemnation. Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should agree to condemn the President's racist tweets. Doing something less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our account fees to protect the American people. I call for a unanimous vote and return the balance in my time. "
Georgia's Republican rep Doug Collins step up to challenge her and demanded that her words be" taken down. "The extraordinary charge was the first of its kind to involve a congressional member and a speaker in the House decades.
Collins was immediately asking if Pelosi wanted to "rephrase this comment."
"I cleared my comments with the Honorable Member before reading them," Pelosi told him before he went over to applause.
"Can I ask the words down? ? I argue that gentleman's words are unparalleled and taken down "Collins said.
Fox News is told that Collins used House Rule XVII, paragraph 1 (B). This rule requires floor remarks" to be limited to the issue under discussion. and avoids personality ".
" The chairman will remind all members, please do not make personality-based comments, "Cleaver said.  Collins repeated his request to strike Pelos's comments for more than 30 minutes after Collins objection. house members with parliamentarian Thomas J. Wickham Jr. to determine the next step.
When the consultation struck, Pelosi then appeared to leave the house floor, which in itself constituted a violation of the House Rules when someone's words were taken down. When a member's words were hit
The scene then became even more bizarre when the chair, rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., told representatives after The long huddle that he tried to make a fair judgment on whether Pelosi had broken the house rules for decorum, but people were not cooperating with Cleaver explained to Fox News that he knew Pelosi was named.
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Cleaver simply explained, "I abandon the chair," and left – for a moment without the predecessor of modern congress history. North Carolina Rep. G. K. Butterfield, even a Democrat, adopted the chair before Hoyer took the reins.
Finally, Hoyer took the chair at Pelos's request, so that a Democrat Director and not a rank-and-file member could take control. Hoyer finally read the Honorable Member's verdict that, based on the precedent "May 15, 1984", Pelos's language did not meet the standard.
"The words used by the California gentleman contained an accusation of racist behavior by the president," said Hoyer, who confirmed Parliament's parliamentary decisions and technically banned Pelosi from speaking on the floor of the house for the rest of the day.
"The words should not be used in debate," Hoyer said.
Democrats, including Hoyer, quickly voted along party lines to restore Pelos's speaking privileges and keep their comments on the record, effectively rolling the parliamentarian.
The 1984 precedent came after Republican Newt Gingrich, when a Georgian congressman sparred with the then House Speaker Tips, Neill, a Massachusetts Democrat. O & # 39; Neill pointed out, "My personal opinion is this: You consciously faced the empty house and challenged these people and you challenged their Americanism and that is the lowest I have ever seen in my thirty-two years in Congress."
MEP decided at the time when the speaker's use of the word "lowest" constituted an inappropriate language and the word "null" was taken down.
Collins, in a statement late Tuesday, condemned the Democrats for
"Democrats acknowledged that her words violated the rules of decorum, the very rules that ensure every voice of democracy can be heard when we exercise people's activities," Collins said. "Nevertheless, every democratic lawyer voted against his words from the record. It repeats the house price decorum because it is a symptom of and a catalyst for a healthy and secure democracy. I hope we will recover that confidence soon and more with respect for it. US people who sent elected officials, including the president, to represent them in Washington. "
But, Democrats privately told Fox News that the technicians in the house have been technically broken all the time, and that the Republicans just wanted to distract from Trump's remarks.
Among other volumes, the house has used Thomas Jefferson's "Manual of Parliamentary Practice" as a touchpad for housekeeping even today. The Jefferson's manual states that Parliament's members cannot use language on the floor "which is personally offensive to the President."
The House has also invoked Canon's negotiation book, written by the late Missouri Rep. Clarence Cannon, a Democrat. Cannon & # 39; s boo K says "personal criticism, insinuation, indulgence, and the conditions of the rebellion" are outside the order of the House.
However, House Republican leaders argued that the outcry over Trump's comments was "all about politics". A series of news organizations have meanwhile referred to Trump's comments as "racist" without acknowledging the dispute on the issue.
South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham told "Fox & Friends" that the progressive representatives were a "mass of communists," and accused Omar of being clearly anti-Semitic. Just over a dozen GOP legislators have condemned Trump's comments.
Earlier, Omar has been criticized by prominent members of both parties for making remarks generally considered anti-Semitic. Last March, the democratic led house overwhelmingly passed a two-sided resolution which indirectly condemned Omar's repeated "anti-Semitic" and "harmful" comments, including some which she suggested to Jewish politicians in the US to be bought and paid.
The final house resolution, after days of democratic fighting, did not actually mention Omar by name and instead condemned the bigotry of "all kind".
Omar has also referred to 9/11 as a day when "some people did something," Ranking Trump and top republicans who called the remarks clearly insensitive. "
" We all know that [AOC] and this crowd is a mass communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own country, they call the guards along our border border patrol agents – concentration camp guards, "Graham said.
Some Republicans have condemned the president's remarks, including late Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who tweeted: "There is no excuse for the president's sp iteful comments-they were absolutely unacceptable and it must stop. "
After the final vote on the resolution Tuesday night, Texas Rep. Al Green, a Democrat, resumed articles on persecution against Trump, and Omar and Tlaib, on a press conference Monday, had pushed Trump to be impeached and said he had has been "credibly accused" of criminal interaction with the Russians – despite the opposite result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller probe.
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Green said his revived effort was related to Trump's comments this weekend, an impeachment resolution is privileged, which means that it goes to the legislative line, it will be considered either Wednesday or Thursday.
However, it is not certain that it will be a straight up or down – vote on the objects, the house could move to the table, or put aside, Green's action, therefore, the vote is not disturbing by the president, but about killing or repealing Green's articles on persecution. The voice is two steps away from an actual voice call.
Fox News & # 39; Chad Pergram and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.