Speaker Pelosi on House floor:
"These comments from the White House are disgraceful ... these comments are racist. How shameful to hear him continue to defend those offensive words – words that we have all heard him repeat not only about our members, but about countless others."
Pelosi: "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"
Republican Rep. Collins has objected to Speaker Pelosi's comments on the House floor that the president's comments are racist, and asks in a point of order that they be taken down; the parliamentarian is expected to rule on the objection.
JUST IN: Rep. Cleaver, who had been presiding over the House chamber, declares "I abandon the chair” and drops gavel on the dais as House members await ruling on if Speaker Pelosi's comments on the president's tweets will be taken down.
Rep. Cleaver: "We don't ever, ever want to pass up, it seems, an opportunity to escalate, and that's what this is. I dare anybody to look at any of the footage and see if there was any unfairness. But unfairness is not enough, because we want to just fight. I abandon the chair."
LIVE: House voting on whether to strike Speaker Pelosi's words, which included calling President Trump's tweets "racist," from the record. https://www.pscp.tv/w/1PlKQLmlrwZxE
Reporter: Are you going to revise your remarks on the president's tweets?
Speaker Pelosi: "No, I'm not at all. No, not at all. I'm proud to bring attention to them."
LIVE: House now voting on whether to restore Speaker Pelosi’s speaking privileges for the remainder of the day. They had been taken away when her earlier comments Tuesday were ruled out of order. http://nbcnews.to/2JC3ve9
House votes to restore Speaker Pelosi’s speaking privileges on the House floor.
House will now resume debate on the resolution condemning President Trump’s racist tweets. http://nbcnews.to/2JC3ve9
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