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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on President Donald Trump to be a “healer in chief” during a performance filled with criticism and divisive rhetoric using the Bible as a prop.
Just hours after Democrats and other liberals had a meltdown over the president visiting St. John’s Episcopal Church and holding up a Bible, Pelosi put on a pious display using a Bible herself to take shots at him, claiming he is the one fanning flames of division.
(Source: ABC News)
The California Democrat used Bible verses and quotes from former presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol addressing the rioting and looting that erupted in cities across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd last week.
“Last night when I saw the President hold up the Bible, I was thinking of so many things in the Bible that would have been appropriate in terms of the humanity of all people in our country,” Pelosi told reporters Tuesday, holding a Bible.
“And I was thinking about time. You know, time is such a — most important commodity, the most finite of all commodities. The time it takes to make the change necessary. And it is a long-overdue time for us to make some of that change that people were calling out for,” she continued.
“There’s an appointed time for everything,” Pelosi read from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. “‘A time for every event under heaven. … A time to heal, a time to embrace and a time to shun embracing’ – how about that for today?”
Pelosi urged “let’s focus on a time to heal,” noting that a U.S. president has “a responsibility to heal.”
She went on to read from a statement made by Bush in 1991 following the police beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles.
“‘Those terrible scenes stir us all to demand an end to gratuitous violence and gratuitous brutality,'” Pelosi quoted Bush, reading from notes tucked into the open Bible. ‘”The law enforcement officials cannot place themselves above the law that they are sworn to defend. It was sickening to see the beating that was rendered and there’s no way, no way in my view, to explain that away.’”
She then quoted Obama from 2014 after the death of Eric Garner in New York City while in police custody:
“Right now, unfortunately, we are seeing too many instances where people just do not have confidence that folks are being treated fairly. And in some cases, those may be misperceptions; but in some cases, that’s a reality. And it is incumbent upon all of us, as Americans, regardless of race, region, faith, that we recognize this is an American problem, and not just a black problem or a brown problem or a Native American problem. This is an American problem. When anybody in this country is not being treated equally under the law, that’s a problem.”
“We would hope that the president of the United States would follow the lead of so many presidents before him to be a healer in chief and not a fanner of the flame,” Pelosi declared.
(Source: ABC News)
She went on to claim that U.S. military police “beat” protesters to clear the area outside of the White House so that Trump and others could safely walk to St. John’s Church.
“Some people came out and beat them so they could clear the area so the president could come out and go forward,” Pelosi said. “What is that? That has no place and it’s time for us to do away with that.”
The president came under fire from his critics for visiting the church just hours after violent protesters set it ablaze during rioting and demonstrations. Criticism abounded also over reports that ‘peaceful demonstrators’ were tear-gassed at the president’s order so he could take the walk across the street.
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That narrative seemed to be debunked by Park Police who said smoke canisters were used when demonstrators became unruly as the city came under a curfew.
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