(CNSNews.com) – A Democrat congressman told the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday that the next president of the United States is a bigot, a demagogue, a liar, a sexual predator and a con artist.
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) said in a floor speech at the end of the day’s proceedings that President-elect Donald Trump could not be treated like any other politician or like any other Republican.
“Because he is not. Trump represents something much more dangerous,” he said. “While none of us want to be in this case, we have a duty to treat him like the threat that he is – a threat to our values, a threat to our people, and a threat to our national identity.”
Gallego noted that Trump is 70 years old, and he said it was unrealistic to expect him to change.
Gallego then called Trump, in turn, a “sexual predator,” “a demagogue,” “a bigot,” “a liar” and a “con artist.”
In each case the epithet was accompanied by a brief reference to incidents that arose during the campaign – including claims of sexual assault about Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan’s criticism of his remarks about a Mexican-American judge, and Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz’ criticisms of Trump’s character during the GOP primary .
On several occasions the speaker pro tempore reminded Gallego about “the decorum of the House,” and warned that members should “refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president-elect.”
On each occasion, the congressman said “duly noted,” before continuing.
According to the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Rules and Manual, “it is not in order to call the President, or a presumptive major-party nominee for President, a ‘liar’ or accuse such person of ‘lying.’”
“Furthermore, the following remarks have been held out of order as un-parliamentary references to the President, or to a presumptive major-party nominee for President … accusing him of ‘demagoguery’ … alluding to alleged sexual misconduct on his part …” the rules state.
Gallego said Trump would not be an ordinary president.
“Rather than helping him protect the country, we must protect the country from the new president.”
After further criticism of Trump’s actions, policies, business activities, and transition-related controversies, Gallego concluded by saying many shared the “fervent hope” that the president-elect does not govern the same way as he has campaigned.
“Here in Congress, however, we cannot afford to give him that benefit of the doubt. We must not lift a finger to help him scam our country,” he said. “We must instead put every effort into stopping him.”
Gallego, a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2014. He is a former U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran, and serves on the House Armed Services Committee.