Pelosi: ‘When You Leave This Earth and Go to Heaven and Meet Our Founders, Are You Going to Say to Them…’

By CNSNews.com Staff | March 6, 2019 | 5:20pm EST
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a press conference with Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D.-Texas) on Tuesday that she sometimes told people—presumably administration officials—that they ought to imagine "when they go to heaven and meet our Founders" and try to explain to them why they wanted the Census to ask people whether or not they were citizens.

“But also, this Administration is trying to jeopardize, jeopardize, who we are as a nation by making citizenship a question on the Census rolls,” Pelosi said. “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,” she said. “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,” she said.

“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.’”

The Trump administration planned to include a question on the 2020 Census on the citizenship status of the people counted. In January, a federal judge in New York ruled that the administration could not ask that question. Then, yesterday, a federal judge in California also issued a ruling against allowing the Census to include a citizenship question.

The Supreme Court is now scheduled to hear arguments on the question on April 23.

Here is the transcript of an excerpt from Pelosi’s press conference with Rep. Doggett:

"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.
"So, when you hear Julieta talk about the fact that she is a victim of the actions taken by the Secretary of State and so many other people as well, well, that only shows, more importantly, the need for H.R. 1.
"And I want to thank our friends in labor who are here, Indivisible, who are, so many people who helped us win this election. Not to get partisan in it, but to win the election to have leverage against these unconstitutional actions that are being taken by some in power in this state and certainly nationally, as well.
"So, I thank all of you for your patriotism because this is, this is in respect for our Constitution; respect for people who are here; and, respect for the fact that we are a nation that is so diverse and beautiful and not to fear that, but to embrace that. And that is, what I guess it must be their fear that is saying more than a commitment to what our Founding Fathers intended, but our Constitution requires, what the Voting Rights Act spelled out, what the American people expect and deserve.
"You want us to be—uh, uh, handmaidens has different meanings now than it used to--handmaidens to a special interest. So again, this is about instilling the confidence of the American people in the political process, in what happens in government, that it is the peoples’ interest that are being served, not dark special interests of that dark special interest money that is coming in.
"So, it is pretty exciting. It is a moment. The actions taken here in Texas are crossing a threshold of saying ‘no’--saying ‘no’ to what is happening here, but saying ‘yes’ to what the vision was of our Founders of a democracy.
"So again, thank you for your patriotism."

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