GOP demands that Pelosi remarks be removed from record

Republicans on Tuesday demanded that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden on impeachment: 'I'm the only reason' it's happening Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter MORE’s (D-Calif.) remarks blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage 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 CollinsUS, UK sign agreement allowing British authorities to quickly obtain data from tech giants Joe Lieberman's son running for Senate in Georgia GOP rep: Pelosi would allow floor vote if this were a 'true' impeachment inquiry 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 CleaverGOP 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.