Pelosi: Republicans Support Trump Because 'They Don't Want to Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes'

By Susan Jones | October 19, 2016 | 5:54am EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Republicans "don't want to pay their fair share of taxes." (AP File Photo)

( - Forty-two percent of Republicans support Donald Trump," House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi told PBS's Charlie Rose on Monday. "That's where he is in the polls, 38 to 42 (percent).

"I think that many of them are supporting him for the reason that Republicans support Republicans. They don't want to pay their fair share of taxes."

Last month, Republican Donald Trump told Fox News's Bill O'Reilly, "I would mind paying taxes a lot less if our politicians knew how to spend the money, but they don't. They waste the money. They don't know what they are doing with the money. Some cases they do, and they have bad motives."

In her interview with PBS, Pelosi also complained about what she called Republican obstructionism in Congress. "The American people are "really tired of obstruction in Washington," she said.

"And what Republicans have said, and they've said it even today, that they're prepared to obstruct. They call it checks and balances, but it's obstruction."

Pelosi noted that Democrats need to win 30 seats to take control of the House of Representatives.

"Right now, I think we're at least 20, so at least 20, so we're talking about single digits. We're fighting it out for single digits." She said if people turn out in large numbers to vote for Hillary Clinton, "The better it is for us."

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