Tuesday, July 16, 2019
TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER DROPS GAVEL AND ABANDONS CHAIR AMID CHAOS OVER PREZ TRUMP TWITTER ATTACKS!!!
The debate over President Trump's tweets and the ensuing Democratic Party response has thrown Congress into turmoil and Kansas City's top ranking elected official stood in the middle of it all but then thought better of it and decided to step away from the uproar . . .
CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER THROWS DOWN HIS GAVEL DURING HOUSE DEBATE OVER SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI'S LEADERSHIP AND REACTIONS TO PREZ TRUMP TWEETS!!!
Here's what happened . .
In an apparent moment of frustration, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat from Missouri who has been presiding in the chair this whole time, blasted Republicans and threw his gavel down, abandoning the chair.
Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, didn't want to be part of the fight, and decided to "abandon the chair," a shocking move that left the speaker's chair empty for a moment.
After Cleaver left the chair, Democrats scrambled to find someone to take his place.
Here's what happened according to the Congressman:
Congressman Cleaver’s Statement On Today’s Floor Debate
July 16, 2019
(Washington, D.C.) – United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) released the following statement after relinquishing the chair during today’s floor debate, while presiding over the debate on the House resolution to condemn the President’s tweets:
“I want to thank Leader Hoyer for assuming the chair and reading the parliamentarian’s ruling following my abdication. Like the vast majority of Americans, I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with the childish rancor of our public discourse. Our inability to conduct ourselves in a civil and respectable fashion has paralyzed the most powerful government in the history of the world, and for what? A 10-second soundbite on prime time news and a few thousand twitter followers?
"If this is what our government has come to, then we are in serious trouble as a nation. My frustration reflects that of my constituents and the American people as a whole. I have spent my entire life working with people of all faiths and stripes in an effort solve real-world problems with concrete solutions, but never have we been this divided and this unwilling to listen to countering opinions or accept objective truths. If we’re going to solve the cataclysmic challenge of climate change, the prodigious problem of income inequality or the evasive challenge of equal justice under the law, it is going to take all of us, Democrat and Republican, liberal and conservative, men and women, elders and youth.
"I have unshakeable and eternal faith in what we can accomplish as a people, but we can only overcome these challenges as a union. I truly believe American democracy is the greatest experiment ever conducted by a society. However, a house divided against itself cannot stand, regardless of how strong the foundation. I call on all of my colleagues and all of America to listen more and talk less, to show compassion for those who are in pain, and to resist the temptation to fight when others wish to escalate.”
Further reading . . .
Biz Insider: 'I abandon the chair': A congressman presiding over the House got sick of partisan fighting and literally dropped the gavel and left
Politico: House thrown into chaos after Pelosi decries Trump's 'racist' tweets on floor
Raw Story: Presiding House Dem bangs gavel and quits after GOP throws a fit over Pelosi calling Trump’s tweet racist
CNN: House session over condemning Trump's racist comments devolves into fight over Nancy Pelosi
AP News: Trump denies racism as House Dems try condemning his attacks
KMBC: U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran disagrees with Trump's remarks on Democratic lawmakers
NPR: Condemnation Of President Delayed By Debate: Can Lawmakers Call Trump Tweets Racist?
KCTV5: Local lawmakers, heartland residents react to President Trump’s Tweets
NBC: The vote was delayed for hours following GOP complaints that Speaker Pelosi's remarks had violated House rules.
Time: Democrats Vote to Condemn Trump’s Racist Tweets. Republicans Use a Rule From 1801 to Defend Him
Update: Already our blog community has responded back and reminded us that the Congressman famously threw down his gavel during his tenure as Mayor in KCMO as well.
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