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Pelosi accepts Collins's apology for saying Democrats are 'in love with terrorists'

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a close up of Nancy Pelosi talking on a cell phone: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi © Greg Nash House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during her floor speech Wednesday accepted House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins's (R-Ga.) apology for his recent remark that Democrats are "in love with terrorists."

"As I enter into the conversation, I want to thank the distinguished gentleman from Georgia for his apology for his ridiculous remarks about me and House Democrats," Pelosi said as she took to the floor to discuss impeachment. "Thank you, we accept your apology, Mr. Collins. Now I want to go to the purpose of why we are on the floor today."

The Georgia Republican made the comment in response to Democratic leadership's decision to bring up a resolution aimed at reining in President Trump's ability to take additional military action in Iran in the wake of a U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins speaks during a House Rules Committee hearing on President Trump's impeachment on December 17, 2019. © Patrick Semansky/Pool via Reuters House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins speaks during a House Rules Committee hearing on President Trump's impeachment on December 17, 2019. "Nancy Pelosi does it again and her Democrats fall right in line. One, they are in love with terrorists - we see that," Collins told Fox host Lou Dobbs last week. "They mourn Soleimani more than they mourn our Gold Star families who are the ones who suffered under Soleimani. That's a problem."

One day after he made the comments, Collins took to social media to issue an apology and retracted his remarks.

"Let me be clear: I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week," he tweeted. "I remain committed to working with my colleagues in Congress and with my fellow citizens to keep all Americans safe."

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