Pelosi accepts Collins's apology for saying Democrats are 'in love with terrorists'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-Calif.) during her floor speech Wednesday accepted House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules This week: Raucous rules fight, opening arguments in impeachment trial MORE’s (R-Ga.) apology for his recent remark that Democrats are “in love with terrorists.” 

“As I enter into the conversation, I want to thank the distinguished gentleman from Georgia for his apology for his ridiculous remarks about me and House Democrats,” Pelosi said as she took to the floor to discuss impeachment. “Thank you, we accept your apology, Mr. Collins. Now I want to go to the purpose of why we are on the floor today.”

The Georgia Republican made the comment in response to Democratic leadership’s decision to bring up a resolution aimed at reining in President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE’s ability to take additional military action in Iran in the wake of a U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

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"Nancy Pelosi does it again and her Democrats fall right in line. One, they are in love with terrorists — we see that,” Collins told Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsTrump tweets pastor's praise of his social media habits GOP group launches ad campaign urging senators to call witnesses at impeachment trial Pelosi accepts Collins's apology for saying Democrats are 'in love with terrorists' MORE last week. “They mourn Soleimani more than they mourn our Gold Star families who are the ones who suffered under Soleimani. That's a problem."

One day after he made the comments, Collins took to social media to issue an apology and retracted his remarks. 

"Let me be clear: I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week," he tweeted. "I remain committed to working with my colleagues in Congress and with my fellow citizens to keep all Americans safe."