Justin Amash Supports Nancy Pelosi’s Rule-Breaking to Call President Trump ‘Racist’ on House Floor
It was ruled today by the House that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) violated the chamber’s rules when she referred to President Donald Trump as a “racist” on the House floor.
The House voted to keep her words in the record despite her violation by a vote of 231-190, and also allowed Pelosi to keep debating on the House floor.
“Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets,” Pelosi said in violation of the rules.
“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,” she added.
The rules, which go back to the days of founding father Thomas Jefferson and his writings, ban House members from using language that is “personally offensive” to the President, although they are permitted to criticize him in an official capacity.
“As such, remarks may not refer to the President as a racist, having made ‘racial slurs’ or ‘racial epithets’” the Jefferson’s Manual states.
Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI), usually a stickler for rules and procedure, voted to let Pelosi slide on her rule-breaking behavior.
The liberal media is singing Amash’s praises for once again doing the bidding of the Democrats:
.@justinamash votes with Dems to oppose "taking down" Pelosi's remarks calling Trump's tweets racist. Someone should offer that guy a committee seat!
— John Bresnahan (@bresreports) July 16, 2019
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was forced to announce that Pelosi had violated House rules in her rant against President Trump’s alleged racism.
“The words used by the gentlewoman from California contained an accusation of racist behavior on the part of the President,” Hoyer said. “The words should not be used in debate.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) took Pelosi to task for her lack of professionalism in breaking the rules.
“What we just saw was a very sad day in this House — probably a historic day, so the very person who is supposed to uphold the rules broke the rules of the House,” he said to reporters.
“Are they going to treat her different? You couldn’t even find a Democrat to stay in the chair to read what the parliamentarian decision is,” he added. “Decorum matters. The rules matter.”
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) was also appalled by Pelosi’s outrageous behavior, as the Democrats become more unhinged in the age of Trump.
“Regardless of what the rules say, it appears political statements will rule the day,” Meadows said to reporters.
“We would be well served as an institution to not become like some of our allies’ parliament debate — have a more civil discord,” he added.
Pelosi was unrepentant about her rule breaking and takes no responsibility for her actions.
“I’m proud of the attention that is being called to it because what the president said was completely inappropriate against our colleagues, but not just against them, but against so many people in our country to say ‘Go back where you came from,’” she said.
President Trump is making the Democrats show their true colors, and it is not pretty. The House voted affirmatively tonight on a resolution condemning Trump over patriotic tweets he made over the weekend against socialist Democrats.