House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) courted controversy this week when she tore up a copy of President Donald Trump’s speech following his State of the Union address. She may face consequences for doing so.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has said that he “will be filing charges against Nancy Pelosi in the House Ethics Committee.” Gaetz made the announcement while speaking to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.
“She disgraced the House of Representatives,” Gaetz said. “She embarrassed our country, and she destroyed official records.”
“The law does not allow the speaker of the House to destroy the records of the House, and the rules of the House do not permit some little temper tantrum just because you don’t like what the president of the United States says,” he continued.
“We ought to apply the same standards to the Democrats that they want to apply to us, and there will be an ethics investigation of Nancy Pelosi, and we will start the ball rolling to have her censured, and the first act begins tomorrow,” Gaetz vowed.
Gaetz drew a contrast between the reaction to Pelosi’s behavior and that of South Carolina’s Republican Rep. Joe Wilson in 2009.
Wilson was loudly condemned and received an official reprimand for shouting “You lie!” at then-President Barack Obama as he addressed a joint session of Congress.
“This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of undocumented immigrants in the health care bill,” Wilson later said in a statement.
“While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility,” he added.
Yet, whereas Wilson ultimately apologized for his outburst, Pelosi remains defiant, and Gaetz says that he is “sick of the double standard.”
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has said that he will introduce a resolution to censure Pelosi. Gosar represents the parents of Kayla Mueller, an aid worker and ISIS victim that the president singled out in his speech for praise.
“In a new low, she violated the Code of Official Conduct requiring members ‘behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House,’” Gosar said of Pelosi.