House Passes Resolution Condemning President Trump’s Tweets
Tuesday night, a resolution was passed by the House of Representatives, with a final vote count of 240-187, denouncing the president for his comments on Twitter that he addressed to “progressive” Democrat congresswomen.
235 Democrats,four Republicans, and one Independent supported the resolution which “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color” and the House “believes that immigrants and their descendants have made America stronger, and that those who take the oath of citizenship are every bit as American as those whose families have lived in the United States for many generations.”
The president did not address the lawmakers by name in his Sunday tweets, but most people knew who he was referring to. Trump’s tweets came after it was reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley were bickering.
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
....it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez had accused Pelosi of calling out the newly elected congresswomen in an interview with the Washington Post. She stated, “When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood.” Ocasio-Cortez added, “But the persistent singling out, it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful, the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Pelosi had warned the freshman congresswomen to stop using social media to air their complaints. Pelosi told the caucus, “So, again, you got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”
The House Speaker also stated, “I’m here to help the children when it’s easy and when it’s hard. Some of you are here to make a beautiful pâté but we’re making sausage most of the time.”
Earlier this month, 79-year-old Pelosi told The New York Times, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
Tuesday, Pelosi introduced the resolution to the House to condemn the president’s comments saying, “These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and the comments are racist. Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the President’s racist tweets. To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people. I urge a unanimous vote and yield back the balance of my time.”
In this House, we speak truth to power. pic.twitter.com/obQc9WqpY1— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 16, 2019
The parliamentarian ruled that Pelosi’s speech had violated House rules that forbid personal attacks on the House floor against the president. However, the vote to strike the House Speaker’s comments failed after a 232-190 vote without any Democratic support.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise spoke to members of the House about rules and encouraged them to focus on the important issues and what the American people expect of them instead of the “Democrat foolishness”
Democrats just decided the rules don't apply to them. They voted to let Nancy Pelosi break House rules to personally harass @realDonaldTrump. That's beneath the dignity of Congress. The American people deserve better than this Democrat foolishness. pic.twitter.com/nERGF3kC0Z— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 16, 2019