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(CNN) – Republicans of the House of Representatives plan to present a resolution of disapproval condemning the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, for breaking her copy of the State of the Union speech by President Donald Trump.
A vote related to the resolution is expected in the House on Thursday, according to the office of the majority leader of the House, Steny Hoyer, although the measure is not expected to pass, a privileged resolution under the House rules. With regard to the procedure, it is likely to vote on the presentation of the resolution, rather than on the resolution itself.RELATED
The resolution comes after Pelosi, in a dramatic movement captured by the cameras, broke a copy of the president’s speech after the annual speech to Congress ended. Earlier that night, the president seemed to snub the president of the House by ignoring her handshake attempt.
Later on Thursday, Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican who is a strong Trump advocate, said on Twitter that he was going to file an ethics complaint against Pelosi. Gaetz attached a letter addressed to Representative Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat who is the chairman of the House Ethics Committee, and Kenny Marchant of Texas, the committee’s chief Republican.
“LAST MINUTE: I am filing an ethics complaint against @SpeakerPelosi for destroying the speech of the State of the Union of @realDonaldTrump,” he tweeted. “His conduct was inferior to the dignity of the Chamber and a possible violation of the law (18 USC 2071),” a measure concerning the destruction of government records.
The resolution of disapproval, presented by the representative of Texas Kay Granger, describes Pelosi’s conduct in the State of the Union as “a violation of decorum” that “degraded the proceedings of the joint session.”
“The actions of President Pelosi last night were appalling and shameful. Regardless of her personal feelings, she had the responsibility to behave politely as the president who represented the House of Representatives. She is not the president of the Democrats, but of the people in the House, ”Granger said Wednesday.
The language in the resolution echoes a tweet from the White House on Tuesday night attacking Pelosi around the scene.
“President Pelosi has just criticized: one of our last surviving Tuskegee aviators. The survival of a child born at 21 weeks. The families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller who mourn. The meeting of a service member with his family, ”the White House said in reference to different parts of Trump’s speech. “That is his legacy.”
At the meeting of the partisan assembly behind closed doors of the Democrats on Wednesday, Pelosi criticized Trump’s speech, explaining why he broke it later, according to multiple sources in the room. The California Democrat was excited at the meeting, and told her colleagues that the speech was “a disgrace” because it had many falsehoods.
“He shattered the truth, so I destroyed his speech,” said Pelosi, according to a person in the room. Other Democratic leaders defended the measure publicly on Wednesday; “As far as I was concerned, there was no crusher available, and she did what she had to do,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.
The frozen exchanges between Pelosi and Trump on Tuesday night marked unequivocal signs of the deterioration of the relationship between the two leaders, who have not spoken in months.
Pelosi confirmed to CNN before Trump’s speech on Tuesday that he had not spoken to the president since a meeting on Syria’s policy in October.
Hoyer told reporters on Wednesday that the tension in the State of the Union reveals an animosity that Democrats have not felt with previous Republican presidents, for which he blamed Trump.
“The author of the animosity is Donald J. Trump. The author of the confrontation is Donald J. Trump. The author of the division is Donald J. Trump, ”said Hoyer. “There is a lot of personal animosity that the president has generated.”
But he still expressed the hope that the Democrats of the House of Representatives and the White House will work together on issues such as infrastructure and the price of prescription drugs from now until election day.
“It’s not about personal feelings. It’s about the American people, ”Hoyer told reporters in his weekly report with a pen and notebook.
– Phil Mattingly of CNN, Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb and Clare Foran contributed to this report.