Pelosi: ‘I Think That There, By and Large, Have Been Peaceful Demonstrations in Large Numbers Across the Country’

By CNSNews.com Staff | June 3, 2020 | 11:59am EDT
Nancy Pelosi after a press conference honoring International Women's Day at the U.S. Capitol, March 8, 2017. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
Nancy Pelosi after a press conference honoring International Women's Day at the U.S. Capitol, March 8, 2017. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said on NPR on Tuesday that while “there has been some violence” at recent demonstrations protesting the killing of George Floyd, “there, by and large, have been peaceful demonstrations in large numbers across the country.”

NPR host Michel Martin asked Pelosi this question: “I was going to ask you about that because there–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 not, is there anything Congress can or should do?”

Pelosi said: “I don't think the President calling out the military are warranted. I think that there, by and large, have been peaceful demonstrations in large numbers across the country.  There has been some violence and there is no place for that in any of our expressions of concern that the American people want to make.  And violence must be addressed.  But there’s no reason for the U.S. military to be called out for this.”

Here is a transcript of the part of Nancy Pelosi’s interview with NPR where she talked about the peaceful demonstrations:

Michel Martin: “Given the gravity of the moment we’ve asked one of the leaders of the 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."

Nancy Pelosi: “Most unfortunate circumstances, most unfortunate. 

“Just when we thought we had seen it all with this President, last night he crossed another threshold of undermining our democracy.  That the federal forces would be used to disperse a crowd using billy clubs and tear gas, that takes us to the status of banana republic, to make way for the President to come out.  And to threaten them all while deploying the U.S. military."

Martin: “I was going to ask you about that because there–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 not, is there anything Congress can or should do?"

Pelosi: “I don't think the President calling out the military are warranted.  I think that there, by and large, have been peaceful demonstrations in large numbers across the country.  There has been some violence and there is no place for that in any of our expressions of concern that the American people want to make.  And violence must be addressed.  But there’s no reason for the U.S. military to be called out for this.”

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