President Donald Trump called out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during his speech to a pro-life group Tuesday in Washington D.C.
Here’s what he said
“We will be appealing to voters all across America who previously sent a Democrat to Washington, only to discover they elected a proxy vote for [Sen.] Chuck Schumer [D-N.Y.] and Nancy Pelosi.”
“These are people who don’t believe in borders,” he added, “don’t believe in fighting crime, don’t believe in making a strong military. They don’t believe in what the people in this room believe, that I can tell you!”
“If Democrats ever gain power,” Trump continued, “they would try to put up the taxes, so many things, open those borders, they don’t want walls. They don’t want people stopping.”
“And the other day,” he said, “just the other day, Nancy Pelosi came out in favor of MS-13, that’s the first time I’ve heard that.”
“She wants them to be treated with respect,” Trump concluded, “as do other Democrats. That’s not going to be happening. We’re not going to release violent criminals into our country.”
Here’s the video of Trump’s comments:
‘Spark of divinity?’
“And so when the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘these aren’t people, these are animals,’ you have to wonder does he not believe in the spark of divinity?” Pelosi asked. “The dignity and worth of every person?”
When provided the opportunity later to explain his comments, Trump doubled down on the characterization.