Live updates: Backlash after Trump’s racist tweets

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Deliberations over whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s words should be taken down are still ongoing, more than an hour and 15 minutes since they started. 

Pelosi described President Trump’s comments as racist in her floor speech today. She also said the “comments from the White House” are “disgraceful” and “disgusting” and that “these comments are racist.” 

Pelosi left for a religious freedom event off campus, but her staff has been on the floor near the dais in a tense huddle with parliamentarian staff and other staff for most of the time.

The top three Republican leaders — Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise and Liz Cheney — also came to the floor as they awaited the decision, talking with each other as well as with other GOP members who were on the floor during the deliberations.

And Democratic leaders like House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler were also on hand. Nadler stood by the dais huddling with others, including at one point Eric Swalwell, while Hoyer stayed seated for much of the time on the floor.  

One thing to note: If it’s ruled that Pelosi’s words are taken down because they violate the decorum of the House, it would mean that she’s not allowed to speak again on the floor today without the House’s permission. She could still vote, though.

It’s fair to say it’s a highly unusual thing for a speaker’s words to be taken down — if that happens.

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