House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday took to the floor of Congress to read a statement denouncing President Donald Trump’s recent statements telling four congresswomen of color to go back to their home country.
“The comments are racist,” Pelosi said. “How shameful to hear him continue to defend the offensive words. Words we have heard him repeat not only about our members but about countless others. Our caucus will continue to forcefully respond on these attacks which reflect a fundamental disrespect for the beautiful diversity of America. There’s no place anywhere for the president’s words which are not only divisive but dangerous and have legitimatized an increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”
She went on to call the words “disgraceful” and “disgusting.”
It was then that Republicans interrupted asking if Pelosi would like to “rephrase” her remarks. Pelosi said that she had her remarks cleared by the Parliamentarian prior to reading them.
“Could I ask the words be taken down? They are unparliamentary… [and should be] taken down,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA).
Congress has rules that say that they cannot attack the president personally by calling him a racist. There is an argument that Pelosi’s statement was about denouncing the tweets, not the president.
Correspondent Jamie Dupree tweeted a copy of the Congressional rules, which prevent calling the president out. Interestingly, there were alterations to the rule in 2016, 2017 and 2018, when Republicans were in control of the House rules.
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
Watch the incident below:
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Speaking with host Sandra Smith, Wallace sat and listened as she read off the president's Twitter complaints about economic events beyond his control, including one telling U.S. companies to take their manufacturing business elsewhere.
"We are just all learning of this at the same time, but the best I can tell, the American president can’t order U.S. companies how they’re going to do their sales and where they’re going to have their supply chains," Wallace lectured. "We have a free-market capitalist system."
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While talking about trade with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Baucus said that China timed its new announcements of tariffs against $75 billion worth of American goods specifically to humiliate the president.
"They sense weakness," explained Baucus, who has also previously served as an American ambassador to China. "And I think that they see a weakness in the United States today. Trump has been weakened because of the weakened American economy and they're retaliating against the tariffs that Trump imposed after there was a truce there would be no tariffs."
France launches sex-abuse investigation against Jeffrey Epstein
French prosecutors said Friday that they had opened an inquiry into suspected cases of rape and sexual abuse of women, including minors, by late US financier Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender.
“The investigations... will focus on potential crimes committed against French victims on national territory as well as abroad, and on suspects who are French citizens,” Paris Prosecutor Remy Heitz said in a statement.
The potential charges could include rape and sexual assault against minors, including some younger than 15 years old, prosecutors said.
It will also investigate claims Epstein and others participated for years in a vast child sex trafficking ring.