According to Nancy Pelosi, she was late to her press conference, because the National Prayer Breakfast went over. “As you know, we gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast, a time-honored tradition, to gather in faith, fellowship, and humility, as well as prayer,” she told reporters.
She said that the values and prayers led by many at the prayer breakfast were in stark contrast to President Trump’s “Muslim ban,” which she described as “unconstitutional, immoral, and dangerous,” as well as “reckless and cruel.”
She then segued into the narrative about racism living in the White House, describing the President’s chief strategist Steve Bannon as a ‘white supremacist.’ Here’s what she had to say:
Three times, House Republicans have blocked Democrats’ emergency bill to rescind the ban. It’s called the Statue of Liberty Values Act. We are continuing to explore all of our legislative and legal options to overturn this dangerous ban.
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What’s making America less safe is to have a white supremacist named to the National Security Council as a permanent member [Steve Bannon], while the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the director of national intelligence are told “don’t call us, we’ll call you; you’re no longer permanent members.” We’ll call you when we need whatever judgment they make about when they want them to come back.
This is — it’s a stunning thing, that a white supremacist would be a permanent member of the National Security Council, and dismissing the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the director of national security — excuse me — national intelligence as permanent members…
Again, the public outcry toward the president’s dangerous ban over the weekend was massive. And the president is clearly eager to shift attention away. You notice that every time something gets hot, he changes the subject. He changes the subject. He’s an illusionist. If you — now you see it, now you don’t.
So when the heat was turned up, people turning out at airports throughout the country probably surprised him, he decided to move up his announcement of his Supreme Court justice from Thursday to Tuesday. So on Tuesday night, the president announced his pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Gorsuch. He is far outside the mainstream of American judicial thought.
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