Pelosi Blasts Trump’s Law & Order Speech: ‘What is This: A Banana Republic?’
House Speaker attacks President's vow to retsore peace
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took aim at President Donald Trump after he delivered his defiant law and order speech on Monday.
“What is this: a Banana Republic?’ Pelosi asked in response to the President's speech.
The President promised to shut down riots and looting, which have plagued cities across the United States following the death of George Floyd.
But Pelosi told MSBNC’s “Morning Joe” that Trump was sending the wrong message to Americans.
The House Speaker suggested that security forces were “using clubs to beat people, and these explosive little bullets that explode into stuff that burns your eyes.”
“Maybe they didn’t have tear gas, I don’t know, but they had the elements of it for peaceful demonstrators to make way — make way — for the president to walk through. What is this? A Banana Republic?”
Trump promised to use the United States military to restore order if the local mayor and state governors failed to do so.
Pelosi also blasted Trump for standing in front of St. John’s Church and holding a Bible.
“Well, it shows the contradiction and the inconsistency," Pelosi said.
"If you’re going to hold up a Bible and stand in front of a church, your message should be consistent with that Bible and those values — and of course it was not,” Pelosi added.
“America’s heart is full of love … We have to act upon our values, and what happened the other night was an exploitation of the good feelings of the American people who associate themselves with the Bible and with the church but not in any way in terms of his actions,” Pelosi said.
But despite Pelosi's criticism, most Americans support Trump for allowing military forces to “supplement” police forces as they restore order.
According to a Morning Consult poll, Fifty-eight percent of voters said they would support the military being used in this manner.
Trump called on mayors and governors to establish an “overwhelming law enforcement presence.
“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people,” he declared.
“I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation, and that is exactly what I will do.”