House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivered an intriguing message on Wednesday, while addressing the nation’s ongoing debate over the so-called fiscal cliff. Making it clear that she isn’t happy about staying in town around the holidays, Pelosi seemingly accused her Congressional peers of having a lack of “appreciation” for Christmas, Hanukkah and — Kwanzaa.
“Why are we having all this subterfuge and this, that and the other thing? Why are we being told make a reservation on Christmas Eve and one on the day after Christmas to come back?,” Pelosi asked during a speech on the House floor. “Is there not an appreciation for the Jewish holidays? The Christmas holiday? Kwanzaa? All the other things that families come together around?”
The political leader followed these curiosities up by claiming that these holidays (she referred to them as “bonding rituals”) are important to strengthening American society. She subsequently appealed to her peers in Congress, asking, “Do we not care about that?” From there, her comments turned to the U.S. public, making an odd transition into individuals’ abilities to “shop” for the holidays.
“Well, the American people [care about it]. And they want to shop for it,” she said. “They want to have family dinners and they want to exchange gifts as is the tradition, but they really don’t know if they’re going to be able to pay the bill in January for the purchases in December.”
While Pelosi was purportedly using her holiday appeal to convince Republicans to raise taxes on higher-income Americans, her pleas apparently fell on deaf ears, as the debate forges on.
Watch her deliver her comments about Kwanzaa and other traditional holidays, below: