Outside of north Georgia and Capitol Hill, Rep. Doug Collins is probably best known for calling Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her violation of House rules, leading to the exceedingly rare instance of a Speaker’s remarks being stricken from the record. Collins has a habit of calling people to account.
At the 2019 Resurgent Gathering, Rep. Collins appeared on stage with Erick Erickson and spoke on being in the minority under Pelosi. “What Nancy Pelosi did was violate the rules,” Collins said of House Democrats. “She broke the rules but we’re not going to punish her.” For seven months, he said Democrats’ attitude has been “we’re going to do whatever we want to do and we’re not going to take any responsibility for it.”
Collins expressed his frustration at the Pelosi-led Democrats flaunting of House rules. “If you break the rules, you take the punishment, even if you can’t talk for the rest of the day.”
Call it his north Georgia simplicity, or his devotion to doing the right thing, or his reliance on faith. Collins has little use for grandstanding or bloviating. He said the Democrats have a problem. They thought Robert Mueller would be their savior to take down President Trump. “They had promised everyone in their base they were going to impeach. Guess what? It didn’t happen.”
So now Democrats have moved on to the border, which was not a crisis a year ago, but now is a crisis. “They know there’s a crisis at the border,” Collins told Erickson. “Their problem is they can’t sell their solution. Their solution is open borders.” Leading the Gathering crowd through the fuzzy logic of how letting migrants and refugees through our borders without limitation simply by showing up, and decriminalizing coming across the border undocumented, with complete amnesty, is not “open borders” led to Collins’ biggest laugh from the audience.
“I might be from north Georgia but I ain’t that slow.”
Collins focused on Democrats using the border crisis as a political football without offering real solutions. Citing statistics that over 3,000 cases as now documented of people who were either buying, renting or borrowing children to enter the U.S., and the number of trafficking victims harmed, Collins slammed Democrats. “If you don’t want to fix this, then you’re using them, and that’s just morally wrong.”
On his relationship with President Trump, Collins was sanguine. “The president is the same all the time.” People inside the beltway frequently over-react to everything Trump does, he believes. Did you see what Trump just tweeted, Collins mocked. ““No I have a life. I didn’t watch what he tweeted today.”
With the polarization and division in Congress these days, Collins is a conservative who is unafraid to be a man of faith. “It doesn’t have to be something you wear on your sleeve, it’s who you are.”