House rejects GOP resolution condemning Pelosi for ripping up Trump's speech

House Democrats on Thursday voted down a GOP-backed resolution to "strongly" condemn Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMalaysia says it will choose 5G partners based on own standards, not US recommendations Pelosi warns allies against using Huawei Budget hawks frustrated by 2020 politics in entitlement reform fight MORE (D-Calif.) for ripping up President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE's State of the Union speech two days earlier.

The measure was rejected in a 224 to 193 party-line vote.

Top Republicans have blasted Pelosi for shredding her copy of the speech immediately after Trump concluded his remarks on Tuesday evening before a joint session of Congress.

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GOP lawmakers have characterized her actions as “a breach of decorum” and accused her of disrespecting the guests the president honored at the annual event. Several Republicans, including House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseBottom line Pelosi's staff huddles with aides in both parties on 'surprise' medical billing Republicans sense momentum after impeachment win MORE (La.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum Trump under pressure to renew last nuke treaty with Russia House rejects GOP resolution condemning Pelosi for ripping up Trump's speech MORE (Wyo.), have called on Pelosi to apologize.

Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerHouse rejects GOP resolution condemning Pelosi for ripping up Trump's speech McCarthy to submit copy of Trump's SOTU address to House Clerk for archives The Hill's Campaign Report: Ten days to Iowa MORE (R-Texas) led the efforts on the privileged resolution that was later rejected by House Democrats.

“Speaker Pelosi’s actions last night were appalling and shameful," Granger said in a statement Wednesday. "Regardless of her personal feelings, she had a responsibility to conduct herself with civility as the presiding officer representing the House of Representatives. She is not the Speaker of the Democrats, but of the People’s House."

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, later responded with a statement saying: “It is sad to see a senior Member, respected on both sides of the aisle, have to kneel at the altar of Trump in order to win her primary. That’s all this is about.”

Granger faces a primary challenge in March, and the conservative Club for Growth is backing her opponent, technology executive Chris Putnam, by funding a seven-figure advertising offensive.

 

In addition to the resolution, Republicans are taking other steps to go after Pelosi.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySunday shows preview: 2020 Democrats jockey for top spot ahead of Nevada caucuses GOP climate plan faces pushback — from Republicans House GOP campaign arm mocks Democrats after stumbling upon internal info on races MORE (R-Calif.) on Thursday said he was submitting a signed copy of Trump's speech to be archived by the House Clerk.

A day earlier, Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzSunday shows preview: 2020 Democrats jockey for top spot ahead of Nevada caucuses Trump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden leaving New Hampshire early as voting underway MORE (R-Fla.), a top Trump ally, tweeted that he planned to file an ethics complaint against Pelosi, claiming "a potential violation of law" by Pelosi.

"BREAKING: I'm filing an ethics complaint against @SpeakerPelosi for destroying @realDonaldTrump's State of the Union speech. Her conduct was beneath the dignity of the House, and a potential violation of law (18 USC 2071). Nobody is above the law. She must be held accountable," he tweeted.

Hammill has dismissed Gaetz's complaint as a "frivolous stunt."

Pelosi on Thursday defended her actions.

"I tore up a manifesto of mistruths," she told reporters during her weekly press conference. "It was necessary to get the attention of the American people to say, 'This is not true. And this is how it affects you.' And I don't need any lessons from anyone, especially the president of the United States, about dignity."

Updated at 4:49 p.m.