Chaos broke out on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday after members–both Republican and Democrat–objected to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calling President Donald Trump a racist in violation of House rules, CBS News reported.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) asked Pelosi whether she wanted to rephrase her remarks. When she said no, he asked that her remarks be struck down because they violated the rules.
When a tense debate broke out, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), who was presiding over the session, tried to regain order by banging his gavel. When that didn’t work, Cleaver said, “I abandon the chair” and stepped down.
Abandoning the chair is rare and has not been done since 1984. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) took over the proceedings and determined that Pelosi was out of order for her comments, but a vote to strike them failed 190-232.
Turns out that tweeting something insulting, even if you are the president, is a lot different than saying it during official remarks on the House floor.
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