Pelosi on Trump: 'Does He Not Believe in the Spark of Divinity, the Dignity and Worth of Every Person?'

Susan Jones | May 18, 2018 | 5:04am EDT
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - President Donald Trump, at a White House discussion on immigration Wednesday, referred to MS-13 gang members as "animals," although some media outlets took the remark out of context, suggesting that he was referring to all illegal immigrants.

Continuing with that misrepresentation at her Thursday news conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said we "believe that...there's a spark of divinity in every person":

We believe that -- some of us who are attracted to the political arena, to government and public service -- that we're all God's children, there's a spark of divinity in every person on Earth, and that we all have to recognize that, as we respect the dignity and worth of every person, and as we recognize our responsibilities with that spark of divinity within us.


And so when the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, 'These aren't people. These are animals,' you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person? 'These are not people. These are animals.' The president of the United States.

Every day that you think you've seen it all, along comes another manifestation of why their policies are so inhumane, and why we have to continue to debate, striving for bipartisanship with openness about what is -- what is at stake and what the choices are, and to be unifying in every way possible. Calling people animals is not a good thing.

President Trump used the word "animals" in the following way, after Fresno County sheriff Margaret Mims raised concerns about MS-13 gang members.

Trump commented, "We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in -- and we're stopping a lot of them -- but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals. And we're taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that's never happened before."

Earlier in her news conference, Pelosi accused Republicans of "taking food out of the mouths of babies" by cutting billions of dollars from the SNAP (food stamp) and other nutrition programs.

"But this is ideological, about -- I don't know, taking food out of the mouths of babies; that, maybe, is a priority for them," she said. (Democrats oppose the Republican farm bill partly because it expands work requirements for "work-capable" adults on SNAP, among other program improvements.)

Throughout her news conference, Pelosi remained true to her mantra that Republicans are forcing a "raw deal on working families to pay for handouts to the rich."

But in response to a question about California's so-called "jungle primary," Pelosi chided the reporter: "'You guys want to talk politics. What is this?" Pelosi asked. "We're under the (Capitol) Dome. We talk policy here."

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