Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) moved from the high drama that sometimes overtakes the House of Representatives into low drive apparently effortlessly. She is second in line to the presidency in the event that both the president and the vice president not be able to perform their duties. The first, the only, and the only twice woman speaker of the House was born into politics. Pelosi was the youngest of seven children and the only girl, so she learned early how to fight. The speaker helped her father campaign as a Democratic congressman and as the mayor of Baltimore.
Pelosi spoke about the “resolution condemning” the president’s tweets:
‘Pelosi: The resolution condemning Trump’s tweets was written “in the most gentle way.’
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During her press conference on Wednesday, she had an unexpected way of describing the resolution to condemn Donald Trump’s racist attacks on the four freshman congresswomen who make up the squad: Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-NY) Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
Pelosi spoke about rebuking Trump’s comments and described it as “the most gentle way.” She also noted that there were those who thought that she should be harsher on him.
During her Capitol press conference available on Youtube, Pelosi said
‘You had no idea the provisions that some people wanted to have in that resolution. It condemned the words of the president. Not the president, but the words of the president. And in doing so, it anchored itself in the words of Ronald Reagan.’
Pelosi also referred to President Ronald Reagan’s last speech in 1989 when he spoke about how immigration defined this country. Only four Republicans and Representative Justin Amash (I-MI) voted with the Democrats on this very important rebuke. Amash recently dropped out of the Republican party after reading the Mueller Report.
Pelosi thought that the “benign approach” might have encouraged more of them to vote with Democrats. She continued “We aren’t saying that he was racist:”
‘You would have thought that that benign approach might have appealed to them. We weren’t saying that he was racist. We saying that the words that he used were racist. So that was as gentle as it could be, considering the inappropriateness and the disgusting nature of what the president said.’
During the evening, the House voted to override a parliamentary ruling that said Congress could not call the president a racist. GOP objected strenuously and voted along party lines against it.
Representative Al Green (D-TX) came to the House floor to introduce articles of impeachment as he has before several times in an effort to force a vote after the president attacked the four freshman Democrats publicly:
‘(Trump has) sown seeds of discord among the people of the United States” by inflaming racial tensions and “brought to the high office of president of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace, and disrepute.’
Green said he wants to force a vote now in light of Trump’s attacks on the four congresswomen, arguing that the House should go beyond the resolution condemning the tweets as racist.
Pelosi spoke about Congressman Greene gently and respectfully. The leadership had not determined how to handle Green’s resolution yet, but she had this to say about the Texas representative:
‘(He is) a very prayerful person (who) cares very much about our Constitution and our country.’
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