GOP demands that Pelosi remarks be removed from record

Republicans on Tuesday demanded that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill Trump's WHO decision raises bipartisan concerns in House Five takeaways from PPP loan data MORE’s (D-Calif.) remarks blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' MORE’s comments about four minority congresswomen as racist be removed from the record, freezing action on the floor ahead of a House vote condemning Trump.

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsSen. Loeffler opposes WNBA Black Lives Matter plan Senate outlook slides for GOP Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle MORE (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, demanded Pelosi’s remarks be removed, arguing she violated House rules forbidding personal attacks against the president or another lawmaker.

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The battle over floor speeches came as the House debated the resolution condemning the president's comments, aimed at a group of minority, female Democrats, telling them to “go back” to where they came from. The remarks were widely criticized as racist.

In her comments, Pelosi said the remarks were “xenophobic attacks on our members, on our people.”

“How shameful to hear him continue to defend those offensive words, words that we have all heard him repeat, not only about our members, but about countless others,” she said.

“There is no place anywhere for the president's words, which are not only divisive but dangerous, and have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color,” she added.

After Collins asked Pelosi if she would like to rephrase her comments, Pelosi said she had cleared them with the parliamentarian in advance. 

“I would like to make a point of order that the gentlewoman's words are unparliamentary and ask they be taken down,” Collins said. 

Rep. Emmanuel CleaverEmanuel CleaverMcConnell group to host Super Bowl weekend fundraiser GOP demands that Pelosi remarks be removed from record MORE (D-Mo.), who was presiding over the floor then reminded members “to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president.”

Action on the floor froze at that point, as lawmakers and the parliamentarian debated next steps.

Cleaver, in a dramatic moment, later abruptly left his position presiding over the House in frustration.

He said the two parties had been treated fairly in the floor debate.
 
"We don't ever, ever want to pass up, it seems, an opportunity to escalate and that's what this is," he said. "I dare anybody to look at any of the footage and see if there is unfairness, but unfairness is not enough because we want to just fight.
 
"I abandon the chair," he then stated before slamming his gavel down and leaving his position.