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Did Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee refuse to applaud Scalise’s return to the House floor?

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Although Thursday was one of the most emotional days ever experienced on Capitol Hill, highlighted by the moment Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R.-La.) walked onto the House floor for the first time since his July shooting–it appears at least one Member of Congress did not join in the applause.

Watch here as Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D.-Texas) declines to applaud who is seen here looking confused and unable to participate with her peers in a joyous moment:

Big League Politics reached out to the congresswoman’s office and the congresswoman’s Communications Director Rucks Russell told BLP:  “I wasn’t watching the video. I don’t know happened.”
Russell told BLP he would decline the opportunity give a statement. “No comment.”
Monday, the congresswoman “took a knee” in solidarity with NFL players refusing to stand for the National Anthem to protest racial inequality.
Here is Scalise talking about his injuries:
 
Democrats and Republicans turned to social media to mark the joyous occasion including President Donald J. Trump, who tweeted: 

 

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Petition to Expel Maxine Waters from Congress Reaches 100,000 Signatures

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A petition on the official White House government website to expel Congresswoman Maxine Waters from the House of Representatives reached 100,000 signatures on Thursday. The petition, hosted through the ‘We the People’ function of the White House’s website established in 2011, reached the necessary amount of signatures required to receive an official response from the Executive Branch under the loosely-followed rules of the platform.

The petition made it clear that those who signed were appropriately calling upon Congress to act, as expulsion from the House of Representatives would require a 2/3rds majority of U.S Representatives to vote for it. The White House potentially could call upon Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to allow a vote on the expulsion.

The petition made its case for expulsion on the basis of Waters’ “calling for attacks and violence against all Trump officials,” in reference to Waters’ remarks at an open borders rally, when she told progressive agitators that “if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” Ironically enough, Waters’ demand that her followers badger and harass Trump administration personnel backfired badly, finding herself in turn overwhelmed with armies of conservative patriots demanding her impeachment during town halls held in her Los Angeles congressional district. Waters had also been confronted by Big League Politics’ Laura Loomer, and refused to retract her demands for the harassment of Trump supporters.

The President himself could be interested in calling for expulsion proceedings for Waters, based upon his own statements in regards to her history of aggressive, belligerent calls for personal attacks against her political opponents. In his most recent Montana rally, the President described Waters as being a “low IQ individual,” speculating that her IQ was probably somewhere around the mid-60’s. It’s even possible that some Congressional Democrats would find themselves relieved to be rid of one of the most deranged, insane, and hateful Members of Congress ever to serve in the House, allowing a vote on Water’s expulsion to reach a wide bipartisan majority.

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