In a speech on the House floor on Tuesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called on Congress to condemn President Trump's "racist tweets" and said he has legitimized hatred of new Americans and people of color.
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI: I went to Spanish mass this weekend and saw the dignity of those families, the beauty of the children, and the fear that the president had struck in their hearts as we were listening to the gospel of the Good Samaritan to show mercy and love thy neighbor as thyself. That very same day, unfortunately, those who were not informed by that gospel. And so here we are later in that day, was stunning to hear the words that were used, go home, to some of our colleagues.
The same words that were used to so many people in our country, whether because they weren't born here or because they didn't look like some others here. Go home. As annoyed and insulted as we all should be about the president saying this about our colleagues, it's also not showing mercy for him to say that about so many people in our country as he wants to split up families...
The House, hopefully, has come together, standing as one to denounce the White House's xenophobic attack on our members, on our people, and to defend the values of America. And what is America? America is many things. A land of a great constitution, which is under threat. A beautiful land that God has given us, which is being degraded. Values that we share that are being undermined. But America is also a nation largely but not totally, largely of immigrants.
As this resolution so beautifully states, the founders conceived as a haven for refuge, for people fleeing from religious and political persecution. Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison having opposite views on other subjects all emphasized that the nation gained as it attracted new people in search of freedom and livelihood for their families. the resolution quotes our most iconic presidents who all recognize that immigrants are the constant reinvigoration of America, of hope, determination, optimism, and courage to make the future better...
Our caucus will continue to forcibly respond to those attacks on our members which reflect a fundamental disrespect for the beautiful diversity of America.
There is no place anywhere for the president's words, which are not only divisive but dangerous, and have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.
It's so sad because you would think that there would be a given that we would universally in this body just say, of course, of course, but there is no excuse for any response to those words but a swift and strong unified condemnation. Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president's racist tweets. To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people.