Nancy Pelosi just suffered the most humiliating defeat of her life
On Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi received one of the biggest surprises of her political career.
The Speaker strode to the floor of the House to rip President Trump.
But Nancy Pelosi had no idea she was about to suffer the most humiliating defeat of her life.
On Tuesday night House Democrats teed up a resolution falsely calling President Trump’s tweets about four members of Congress “racist.”
In the run up to the vote, Pelosi smeared President Trump as a racist.
Republican Congressman Doug Collins objected based on House rules dating back to the early 1800s that prevent members of Congress from calling the President racist from the House floor.
When it became clear the House parliamentarian would rule against Pelosi, Democrats momentarily vacated the chair and no one was in control of the House.
“Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets,” Pelosi said during her floor speech. “To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people.”
Republicans immediately objected. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) asked Pelosi to “rephrase” her statement, and when she refused, he sought to have the words stricken from the official record.
No speaker has had their words “taken down,” as the process is referred to, in 35 years, and even challenging a speaker’s comments is considered a serious breach of etiquette. Collins’ request led to a nearly two-hour delay in the floor proceedings…
…Democrats then scrambled to find someone to take Cleaver’s place. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, several of whom were on the floor for the debate, refused, not wanting be the one to strike the speaker’s comments. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), a former CBC chairman, briefly stepped in, followed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who read a parliamentary ruling when announcing that Pelosi’s comments were “out of order.”
House Democrats eventually voted to allow Pelosi’s remarks into the record but not before they suffered the political embarrassment of having the Speaker of the House removed from the floor for the first time in 35 years.