During her impassioned floor speech in favor of impeaching President Trump on the charge of inciting an insurrection, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inadvertently violated the very rules she and her caucus established for business in the House of Representatives.
On January 4, Pelosi and the Democrat majority adopted the House Rules for the incoming 117th Congress. In those rules, leaders specified that gender-neutral language is required, eliminating gendered pronouns as well as any reference to titles like "father," "son," "mother," "daughter." Not a single Republican voted for the change.
But when Pelosi rose to address the House on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to impeach Trump for an unprecedented second time in his term, she used a barrage of gendered familial titles herself.
"I stand before you as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter," Speaker Pelosi expressed. "A daughter whose father proudly served in this Congress."
Some have defended Pelosi by arguing that the rule change only applies to written communication in the House, not for the way representatives speak.