Republicans want House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to be held accountable for her outlandish behavior at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.
After Pelosi ripped up President Donald Trump’s speech at the conclusion of his remarks from the House floor on Tuesday, multiple House Republicans responded with calls for the speaker to be censured — or even forced to resign.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) announced on Twitter Wednesday that he would be filing a formal ethics complaint against Pelosi, saying “her conduct was beneath the dignity of the House, and a potential violation of law.” Soon after, fellow Republican Lee Zeldin of New York followed up with a message calling on Pelosi to “resign on her own terms,” the Daily Wire reported.
Nancy Pelosi should step down as Speaker. I’m confident that the American public will be directly sending her that message themselves later this year if she doesn’t read the tea leaves herself and resign on her own terms today. It’s time.
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) February 6, 2020
“She embarrassed our country”
“Nobody is above the law,” Rep. Gaetz stressed in his tweet Wednesday night. “[Pelosi] must be held accountable.”
Attached to his tweet was his full letter to the House Ethics Committee requesting that the panel “open an investigation into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s flagrant violation of decorum,” a message the Florida congressman had emphasized to Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.
“She disgraced the House of Representatives, she embarrassed our country,” Gaetz said of Pelosi Wednesday, according to Fox. “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 went on to say “we ought to apply the same standards to the Democrats that they want to apply to us,” emphasizing his call for an ethics probe into Pelosi. “We will start the ball rolling to have her censured, and the first act begins tomorrow,” Gaetz said last week.
“That’s her legacy”
But House Republicans weren’t the only ones to lash out at Pelosi following her SOTU antics. The White House’s official Twitter account listed Tuesday night all the major points of Trump’s speech that the House speaker had effectively torn to shreds, including the recognition of “[o]ne of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen.”
Speaker Pelosi just ripped up:
One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen.
The survival of a child born at 21 weeks.
The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller.
A service member’s reunion with his family.
That’s her legacy.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 5, 2020
The president also addressed Pelosi from his personal Twitter account, releasing a video that contained highlights of his Tuesday speech interspersed with footage of Pelosi ripping up the transcripts. Democrats attempted to get the video removed from social media, calling it “doctored,” according to Fox, but their attempts have so far proven futile.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2020