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Why It Matters Pelosi Was Finally Allowed To Call Trump’s Tweets ‘Racist’

UNITED STATES - JUNE 27: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday, June 27, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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July 17, 2019 5:23 p.m.

Yesterday’s House vote on a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump’s tweets spun into chaos that lasted for over an hour after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) described the tweets as “racist.”

As it turns out, calling the President (or the President-elect)’s actions racist is against House floor rules. To explain why, we have to go back two centuries.

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