A Banana Republic: Pelosi unloads on Trump over tear-gassing of protesters outside White House


It's been a week and a day since four Minneapolis police officers were implicated in the death of George Floyd setting off protests around the world they have ranged from somber and reverent to violent and explosive last night as a seven PM curfew neared in Washington DC the National Guard and park police officers fired tear gas and set off a flash bang explosives to push out a peaceful crowd of demonstrators that had assembled in a park across from the White House this after president trump delivered remarks where he threatened to deploy the U. S. military if states and local governments are not able to put an end to any violence immediately given the gravity of the moment we've asked one of the leaders of a co equal branch of government the speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi and she's with us now madam speaker thank you for joining us I'm sorry for the circumstances but thank you for coming nice marked in fortunate circumstances most unfortunate just when we thought we had seen it all of this president last night he crossed another threshold of undermining our democracy that the federal forces would be used to disperse a crowd be using Billy clubs and tear gas tank system the status of banana Republic to make way for the president to come out and to threaten and all along the point of the U. S. military I was gonna ask you about that because they're they're the fact is there has been violence in cities across the country do you feel that the president's threats to call out the military are warranted and if if not is there anything Congress can or should do I don't think the president calling out the military are warranted I think that there are by and large have been a peaceful demonstrations in large numbers across the country there have been some violence and there's no place for that in any of our expressions of concern that Americans people want to make and violence must be addressed but there is no reason for the U. S. military could be called out for this let's talk about the the role of Congress right now does Congress have any role in this if you find this unacceptable other members disagree that it's unacceptable is there any role in addressing it well there has to be and and I'm very proud of the work that our congressional black caucus has done over time this is a terrible thing that has happened but it's not the first time it's happened it's been a pattern so they're making determinations about what legislation will use to go forward whether that's a comprehensive bill or it's a series of bills but that will all be taking place in the very near future can you identify at the current moment though a perk priority for something that would work for example changing immunity laws for police or perhaps limiting funding or condition funding for federal departments and an effort to make some reforms can you identify any concrete change you are willing to embrace and push for at the moment of the immunity laws are very important and that would be a priority along with holding funding yes but there are things that are very common and people understand very clearly like racial profiling that has to stop on the use of force and in the manner in which it was use whatever form you want their different descriptions of it that our colleagues are revealing as to what will be the most effective and universal but let me just say that this is a four hundred year old which challenge more than that four hundred and one year old challenge before we let you go I can't help but remember that your brother Thomas your beloved brother whom unit lost not long ago it was mayor of Baltimore during in nineteen sixty eight rights is there something that you feel you learned from his experience that is guiding your feelings and thoughts now in terms of my brother Tommy and what happened at that time my brother was a big civil rights leader and one of the things that just discouraged him from continuing in politics with the disrespect that was shown by many and the community there too that are to cardinal who was a civil rights advocate and so to see at that time something that was new in our lives that we would see a church would disrespect the archbishop it was a really an awakening as to how deep some of this racism goes that's a speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi madam speaker thank you so much for speaking with us today thank you

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