A Democratic member of Congress clashed with one of her Republican colleagues on the House floor after she read off a letter from a constituent that described people who support President Donald Trump as “racist” and “dumb.”
While on the House floor Tuesday morning, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) gave a five-minute speech in which she read off a letter from her constituent that asked why the House has not begun impeachment proceedings against the president and labeled his supporters as “dumb,” “racist,” and “ignorant.”
“Many who support the president’s administration are either racist, steeped in religious beliefs, ignorant, or — as my mother used to say — just plain dumb,” the letter that Fudge read off said.
Watch the speech here:
During today’s Special Morning Hour, I shared a letter from an OH-11 constituent concerning the current administration. Watch the video to view the full floor speech. pic.twitter.com/D3yx7lDECP
— Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) June 11, 2019
After Fudge read the letter, Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas) — who was presiding over the House — reminded Fudge and the other members of the House that they “may not engage in personalities towards the president” even if they were quoting or “repeating” comments made elsewhere.
“Remarks and debate may not engage in personalities towards the president, including by repeating remarks made elsewhere that would be improper if spoken in the member’s own words,” Veasey said.
The reading of the letter irked one of Fudge’s Republican colleagues in the House — Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) — who called out the Democratic congresswoman for being “out of order” following her remarks.
Veasey rapped the gavel to call the House back to order, after which Bucshon repeated that Fudge was “out of order.”
“And so are you,” the Ohio Democrat retorted as she returned to her seat.
However, House Democratic leadership has been reluctant to begin an impeachment inquiry into the president.
As IJR Red previously reported, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) walked back his previous comments that suggested the impeachment of the president by the House was imminent, claiming that he was “probably farther away” from the subject than his Democratic caucus colleagues.