The House resolution which Nancy Pelosi wants to see passed, condemning Donald Trump’s tweets about four congresswomen going “back where they came from” as “disgusting, disparaging and racist” is being fought by House Republicans, because of course it is. Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) even went to far as to declare Pelosi’s remarks as “unparliamentary” and asked that they be removed from the Congressional Record, for violating House rules. (The last time remarks were removed from the Congressional Record was 1984.)
While waiting for the Chair to rule, here's the applicable section from the House rules to using the word 'racist' when referring to a President during House debate pic.twitter.com/l9im1yAklb
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) July 16, 2019
Note the dates showing when the Rule was last updated. Most of them are November, 2016 or after.
The argument was made that Pelosi was calling the *resident’s tweets racist, not the *resident himself, which since he authored the tweet, is somewhat amusing, and the fur is flying across the aisle. Then the House Parliamentarian ruled that the remarks should be stricken from the record and as of the time of this writing, the matter has not been resolved. The vote was temporarily halted as of 2:00 p.m. PDT. Either this post will be updated or a new one written to reflect the outcome of today’s House meltdown.
Meanwhile, we heard crickets from the GOP over the weekend about Trump’s rabid attacks of The Squad on Twitter, and then a few of them went on record, because they had no more time to avoid the question and nowhere to hide. The Hill:
One of the strongest denunciations came from Rep. Will Hurd (Texas), the only African American House Republican, whose district has a large number of Hispanic residents. He blasted Trump’s tweets as “racist” and “xenophobic” in a CNN interview.
He called the president’s remarks “unbecoming of the leader of the free world.”
Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.), the lone African American Republican in the Senate, characterized Trump’s language as “unacceptable” and “racially offensive.”
The president’s comments also drew rebukes from GOP lawmakers facing tough reelection campaigns.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is seeking another term in a state that voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, urged Trump to delete his tweets attacking the Democratic lawmakers and implying they’re not real Americans.
“I disagree strongly with many of the views and comments of some of the far-left members of the House Democratic Caucus … but the President’s tweet that some Members of Congress should go back to the ‘places from which they came’ was way over the line, and he should take that down,” Collins said in a statement.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said Trump was “wrong” to say the four Democrats — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) — go back to the countries where they are from.
“Three of the four were born in America and the citizenship of all four is as valid as mine,” Toomey said.
Well, that’s white of Toomey to say that. Lindsey Graham, fresh from playing golf on Sunday with Trump said, “We don’t need to know about them personally, talk about their [the four congresswomen’s] policies…They are American citizens. They won an election. Take on their policies. The bottom line here is this is a diverse country.” Believe it or not, Graham’s weak tea efforts towards conciliation drew a reprimand from Trump, who turned around and said that Graham had called the whole group of women “communists,” in the past. Apparently Lindsey needs a few more house-breaking lessons from Vladimir, before he’s the perfect Trump shill and Russian asset.
The most interesting take of all is from Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) who emphatically stated that the Trump tweets were not racist.
“No, they’re not, they’re obviously not racist,” Harris told WBAL’s Bryan Nehman when asked about Trump’s Sunday tweets. “But again, when anyone disagrees with someone now the default is to call them racist, and this is no exception.”
The tweets were obviously not racist. What were they then, obviously speaking?
This is how the GOP, leadership you can depend on, is responding to Trump, who today tweeted, “There is not a racist bone in my body.” He’s probably right, actually. it’s all that racist fat doing the work. Denial is more than a river in Egypt.