Pelosi Should Have Been Banned From the Floor After Launching a Personal Attack on Trump — But Dems Saved Her

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It looks like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will get to play by her own set of rules, so long as there is a Democratic majority to come bail her out.

During the heated vote to condemn President Donald Trump’s tweets calling for members of Congress — presumably Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — to “go back” to the countries they were born in. Omar is the only immigrant in the group, leaving many believing this was a racially motivated attack on the four women of color.

During the vote, Speaker Pelosi called Trump’s words “racist” from the House floor. The problem is that this broke a House rule against personal attacks against the president that was established in the days of Thomas Jefferson.

Because this was a clear breach of a long-established rule, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) asked for the speaker to rephrase her statement and strike the personal attack against Trump from the record. Pelosi refused, causing chaos on the House floor.

Watch Pelosi’s remarks:

Typically, when this rule is broken, the member is banned from speaking from the House floor for the rest of the day, leaving Republicans to think Pelosi had just exiled herself for the day by using a personal attack against the president.

But by ignoring the request, Pelosi lodged her own party between a rock and a hard place. House Majority Leader Stenny Hoyer (D-Md.) was forced to rule against the speaker. By doing that, he triggered a vote to allow Pelosi to break the rules and avoid her punishment.

House Democrats and Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) voted with Pelosi to allow her to break the House rules, outraging many Republicans and drawing criticisms from those who respect the House rules.

Pelosi, on the other hand, seemed quite pleased with herself. She and some of her supporters took to Twitter to celebrate her actions.

Trump, of course, chimed in on Twitter, as well, noting that Pelosi was the first speaker to be ruled out of order since the 1980s.

It is not yet clear how Pelosi’s rule change will impact future procedure on the House floor, though it could have just opened a floodgate of uncivility against the president.

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Screwtape
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Despite the Jeffersonian standards, such language and violations have occurred before. They were directed at Abraham Lincoln, his family, and his administration. They were followed by secession and civil war.

If any of this sounds familiar then maybe we are looking at secession and civil war. One can only hope. Let the Blue states split from the Red states and realize their socialist “paradise” on their own, without our tax dollars. But they won’t, because even they realize they cannot afford it.

Jim Dawson
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These Democrats have got to go in 2020! I don’t think any of us have had to deal with a pack of maniacs like this in our government before. Its just shows what was going on behind our backs and what they will do to try and stay in power. The crap they come up with is not even logical at any stretch of the imagination. Its going to take an actual civil war to get these asshole’s that are so deeply rooted in this country. Its like which one can come up with the crazier idea than the last… Read more »

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