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PoliticsEmanuel Cleaver: I dropped the gavel because I was 'embarrassed' over 'shameful' display during debate

18:00  17 july  2019
18:00  17 july  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri dropped his gavel and abandoned his post to express disgust over vicious partisan fighting. Republicans and Democrats were debating whether comments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were not in order for describing a string of tweets by President Donald Trump

Emanuel Cleaver , D-Mo., unexpectedly dropped his gavel and declared that he was "abandoning the chair." Both the attempted sanctioning of the speaker of the House and Cleaver 's decision to walk off the floor and leave the House without a presiding officer are highly unusual developments in the House.

Emanuel Cleaver: I dropped the gavel because I was 'embarrassed' over 'shameful' display during debate© SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said Wednesday that his embarrassment over what had transpired during Tuesday night's House debate over a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump's recent tweets as racist caused him to drop the gavel and leave the House floor where he had been presiding.

"Frankly, I was embarrassed to remain as the chair presiding over what should have been a very shameful moment for all of us," Cleaver, a Democrat from Missouri, told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day." "And that is, here we were in the House of Representatives, and every person who spoke violated the House rules."

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Emanuel Cleaver , who was overseeing the debate , stormed away from the presiding officer’s chair. ‘ ‘We want to just fight,’’ he said as he stormed off. The House floor matter delayed Trump’s planned meeting with Republican congressional leaders, according to a White House pool report.

Emanuel Cleaver , who was presiding over the House, banged the gavel down, declared ' I abandon the chair,' and stormed off. 'This is , I hope, one where we will get Republican support. If they can't support condemning the words of the President, well that's a message in and of itself,' she added.

His remarks come after the House voted on Tuesday night to condemn racist language from Trump, capping off a tumultuous couple of hours on Capitol Hill including a brief time in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was barred from speaking in the chamber.

Pelosi violated House rules with her choice of words condemning Trump's racist language, leading to a dramatic series of events ahead of the vote, including Cleaver's abandonment of the chair.

House rules specifically say members can't say that a President has made a bigoted or racist statement, which Republicans argued Pelosi had done. However, members are also not allowed to attack the personalities or character of members, senators, or the President on the House floor, which Cleaver implied that Republicans had done.

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Emanuel cleaver abandoned the chair as he was presiding over the chamber. Emmanuel Cleaver — a former Congressional Black Caucus Chairman who was the presiding officer — said something, banged Emanuel Cleaver abandons the chair, slamming the gavel and storming out of the chamber.

Emanuel Cleaver , D-Mo., asks a question of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson during a House Financial Services Committee The dramatic moment came during an emotional debate over President Donald Trump's racist tweets advising four Democratic congresswomen of

Cleaver noted his frustrations as he tried to keep House proceedings nonpartisan.

"I had been calling balls and strikes all day and all of a sudden, let's escalate it," Cleaver said on Tuesday night, describing what had happened. "It's one of those moments where you realize that people have come here for the purpose of conflict, being engaged in conflict as opposed to getting something done."

Cleaver had harsh words for the President too, saying, "I think the whole world is at a standstill because of the President's tweet. ... We spend the day waiting on the next tweet, and I think we're doing great damage to this republic."

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