Pelosi Urges Healing: Give Trump Voters ‘The Respect That They Are Owed’

By Susan Jones | October 22, 2020 | 10:15am EDT
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is so sure Joe Biden will win the election, she's already contemplating how "we heal as we go forward."

"Let's talk about how we go -- we heal as we go forward and be respectful of everyone in our country and how they voted," Pelosi told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday morning.

"We have to bring people back to e pluribus unum, from many one...I think in the press, you could be helpful with this. Let's not characterize them (Trump voters) as not educated. They are educated. They're educated in winning our wars, raising our families, building our communities and the rest, and I think that the respect that they are owed and the commitment that we share to the Constitution can be a place where we can come together.”

Pelosi predicted that in 13 days, “we’ll be on to our future. I don't take anything for granted. I feel confident because we're working so very hard to make sure that that happens."

Pelosi said the "healing process has to begin well before the election,” and she said “Joe Biden is the best person to do that."

(As a reminder, this is the same Speaker Pelosi who called Trump supporters in the White House and the Congress "domestic enemies" and "enemies of the state" this past August.)

But now she's in healing mode:

These people in our country, I've traveled the country for years now -- speaker, leader and whatever -- they've always respected the Constitution of the United States, whether they agreed with you -- Democrats, Republicans, different point of view, the Constitution was essential. Many of them took the oath to protect and defend it, and now all of a sudden the total disregard that he (Trump) has for the Constitution seems to be okay with them. That's sad.

We have to bring people back to e pluribus unum, from many one...I think in the press, you could be helpful with this. Let's not characterize them (Trump voters) as not educated. They are educated. They're educated in winning our wars, raising our families, building our communities and the rest, and I think that the respect that they are owed and the commitment that we share to the Constitution can be a place where we can come together.

Now, there's some of them we will never get, and you know why. It's no use my going into that, but I do think that as we look at what this president might do to undermine the Constitution, the election, the environment, fairness, who we are as a people -- denigrating newcomers and the rest has been so destructive. It's no use dwelling on that, we just have to go forward.

And one of the ways we have to go forward is to crush this virus...

Scarborough asked Pelosi why she thinks some Americans are "still supporting Donald Trump 13 days out" when Trump is talking "like an Eastern European totalitarian thug who wants to arrest his opponent less than two weeks before an election."

Pelosi told him:

“Well, you and I have people that we love who will vote for Donald Trump, and it's really hard to understand why. I do think that we have opportunity -- I'd rather be looking forward. I hope that the Republicans will take back their party, the Grand Old Party that has meant so much to our country, hijacked by this -- I don't know, this phenomenon. You have to give him credit for being a con artist to the nth degree.

“But again, forgetting him and going forward, because in 12 days, or 13 days we'll be on to our future. I don't take anything for granted. I feel confident because we're working so very hard to make sure that that happens."

Pelosi said some voters preferred Trump in 2016 "to the other person, sadly.” Other Trump voters didn't think Trump would win, she said, so they cast a "protest vote" against Hillary Clinton. And others "thought he'd be a decent president," she said. "It didn't work, and our country has paid a big price for this.

"But again, looking forward, Republicans, how courageous so many of them are to come out for Joe Biden. How strong some are who may be helpful in the transition, shall we say, and the -- and then, again, we have to be talking to each other about how we go forward."

Pelosi said "crushing the virus" is "something that could bring us together -- when we have leadership in the White House instead of, 'It's a hoax.'"

"Let's use that as something that unifies us," she said.

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