Nancy Pelosi said President Trump calling the brutal MS-13 gang members “animals” denies them their sacred “Spark of Divinity.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi scolded President Trump for describing the brutal MS-13 gang members as “animals” during a roundtable at the White House on Wednesday, and said he was denying each of them their “spark of divinity.”
Here’s what she said:
“It reminds me that and I was talking about the religious groups and how they’re concerned about feeding the hungry and the Gospel of Matthew and the rest,” she told the media at a briefing Thursday, “41 million people in our country are food insecure.”
“There’s a spark of divinity in every person on Earth and that we all have to recognize that as we respect the dignity and worth of every person,” she added, “and as we recognize our responsibilities with that spark of divinity within us.”
“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?” she asked. “The dignity and worth of every person?”
“These aren’t people, these are animals,” she repeatedly solemnly. “The president of the United States.”
“Every day that you think you’ve seen it all,” Pelosi continued, “along comes another manifestation of why their policies are so inhumane and why we have to continue the debate, striving for bipartisanship, with openness about what is at stake and what the choices are, and to be unifying in every way possible.”
“Calling people animals is not a good thing,” she concluded.
Here’s the video of Pelosi’s comments:
Media outlets including C-SPAN, the New York Times, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News and CNN did not put Trump’s words in context or ran with stories claiming he used the term “animals” to describe illegal immigrants more broadly. Some outlets later corrected or clarified their reporting, but others – including The Washington Post – did not, Fox News reported.
Pelosi apparently didn’t get the memo, claiming the president had generally referred to undocumented immigrants as “animals.”