Pelosi Temp. Banned After Violating House Rules with Anti-Trump Tirade
Good for Steny!
Pelosi Temporarily Banned from Speaking after Violating House Rules with Anti-Trump Tirade
BY DEBRA HEINE JULY 16, 2019
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was temporarily banned from speaking on the floor of the House on Tuesday after the House parliamentarian ruled that she violated House rules.
While offering comments about a resolution set to condemn Trump's comments earlier this week regarding four far-left congresswomen (aka "the Squad"), Pelosi said that everyone "should join us in condemning the president's racist tweets."
According to House rules, one cannot refer to the president as “having made a bigoted or racist statement.”
The House parliamentarian rebuked the Speaker for violating rules forbidding personal attacks on the House floor against the president.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced the parliamentarian’s decision against Pelosi, stating that by calling the remarks by Trump racist, she had indeed violated the House’s rules.
“The chair is prepared to rule, 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, characterization characterizing an action as racist is not in order,” Hoyer said on the floor ahead of the vote. “The chair relies on the precedent of May 15, 1984, and finds that the words should not be used in debate.”
The House voted along party lines against striking Speaker Nancy Pelosi's improper floor remarks from the record.