Pelosi defends resolution condemning Trump as 'benign'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiJudge to hear Trump's case against Jan. 6 committee in November Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech GOP lawmaker calls for Meghan, Harry to lose royal titles over paid leave push MORE (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that a resolution to condemn President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE's attacks on four congresswomen as racist was framed in a "benign" way.

She said the measure rebuking Trump's statements about four freshman Democratic lawmakers of color — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHouse progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race Toomey takes aim at Schumer's spending windfall for NYC public housing MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibClimate advocates turn sights on Wall Street House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' MORE (Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyClimate advocates turn sights on Wall Street House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program MORE (Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDozens of Democrats call for spending bill to pass 'climate test' House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed MORE (Minn.) — was written in what she described as "the most gentle way" even though some Democrats wanted to condemn Trump more harshly.

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"You have no idea the provisions that some people wanted to have in that resolution," Pelosi said at a press conference in the Capitol. "It condemned the words of the president. Not the president, but the words of the president. And in doing so, it anchored itself in the words of Ronald Reagan."
 
The resolution cited a 1989 speech from former President Reagan about how immigration defines America.
 
 
"You would have thought that that benign approach might have appealed to them," Pelosi said.
 
Pelosi also denied that the resolution called Trump himself racist.
 
"We weren't saying that he was racist. We're saying that the words that he used were racist. So that was as gentle as it could be, considering the inappropriateness and the disgusting nature of what the president said," Pelosi said.
 
Pelosi's efforts to frame the resolution as relatively tame came after the House fell into chaos for part of Tuesday afternoon after Republicans objected to the words the Speaker used on the House floor on the grounds that House rules prevent lawmakers from calling the president racist.
 
The House later voted along party lines to override a parliamentary ruling and GOP objections.
 
Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenIlhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Deportations of Haitians spark concerns over environmental refugees The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Gears begin to shift in Congress on stalled Biden agenda MORE (D-Texas) is forcing a vote on articles of impeachment later Wednesday that say Trump has "sown seeds of discord among the people of the United States" by inflaming racial tensions and "brought to the high office of president of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace, and disrepute."
 
Green said he wants to force a vote now in light of Trump's attacks on the four congresswomen, arguing that the House should go beyond the resolution condemning the tweets as racist.
 
Pelosi said Democratic leaders hadn't yet decided how to bring up Green's resolution, but made a point of personally praising the Texas Democrat as "a very prayerful person" who "cares very much about our Constitution and our country."