For the second time this week, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) described her vision of what her political opponents might say to the Founding Fathers when they meet in the afterlife.
On Tuesday, during a press conference, Pelosi suggested comments that those who support asking a question about citizenship in the U.S. Census might make to justify themselves to the Founding Fathers when they encounter them in Heaven:
"But also, this Administration is trying to jeopardize, jeopardize, who we are as a nation by making citizenship a question on the Census rolls. We cannot let that stand. So, this is all part of a whole picture, you see, of undermining the Constitution of the United States, which says every ten years there will be a Census of the people. It doesn’t say registered voters or anything like that. And Congress has a role in how that happens and we intend--we are asserting our role in that regard.
"But, see all of this in the context. I say to them sometimes: ‘When you leave this Earth and go to heaven and meet our Founders, are you going to say to them: ‘I did everything in my power to suppress the vote’--because that is what you are doing. That is what you are doing--affecting by the Census what happens in redistricting and reapportionment through the country, but only, not only that, delivery of service.”
Then, on Thursday, at her weekly press briefing, Pelosi envisioned how opponents to H.R.1, a bill she supports, might explain their stance to the Founding Fathers in the afterlife:
“Also it's about voter suppression. And so, whatever they say, what they are voting when they say they're against H.R.1, they are against removing obstacles of participation to voting in our country.
“How do you explain that to our Founders? ‘I did everything in my power, Founders, to make sure that people did not have access to the polling place - those who were eligible to vote and to be sure that they could vote and that their vote would be counted as cast.’”