“We have never not said there was a crisis at the border,” House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared Thursday at her weekly press briefing. But, in a statement currently on her website, that's exactly what she says.
Pelosi was asked if Democrats are now willing to stop calling the situation at the U.S. southwest border a “manufactured crisis” and acknowledge that it is an actual crisis. In response, Pelosi said her party has never denied the crisis:
Q: “Speaker Pelosi, for a number of months the Democrats have been saying that the issue over at the border was simply a manufactured crisis. Are the Democrats willing to say now that there is an actual crisis at the border? And where are they now as far as how you look at the asylum issue?”
Pelosi: “Well, let me just say this. We have never not said that there was a crisis. There is a humanitarian crisis at the border, and some of it provoked by the actions taken by the Administration. And I will just quote our friends from the Evangelical community when they came in and testified in the last Congress in one of our rump hearings, because the Republicans wouldn’t have the hearing.”
But, on February 6 of this year, Pelosi posted a statement on her website accusing President Donald Trump of “manufacturing a crisis at the border.” In a statement still posted on her website responding to Trump's State of the Union address, Pelosi says:
“It will take days to fact-check all the misrepresentations that the President made tonight. Instead of fear-mongering and manufacturing a crisis at the border, President Trump should commit to signing the bipartisan conference committee’s bill to keep government open and provide strong, smart border security solutions.”
At Thursday’s press briefing, Pelosi blamed the crisis at the border on the Trump Administration’s “shameful” behavior:
“But, yes, it is a crisis. We’ve always said that it gets to be more of a humanitarian crisis the more that Republicans – the Administration, I won’t paint all the Republicans with this – the more the Administration acts in the shameful way, not consistent with our faith, with our beliefs that every person has dignity and worth, that every person has a spark of divinity within them that we need to respect, and that we have that spark of divinity that we need to act upon.”