Pelosi on Trump: 'His Whole Thing Is Make America White Again'

By Susan Jones | August 13, 2018 | 6:34am EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted sarcastically: "Democrats, please do not distance yourselves from Nancy Pelosi. She is a wonderful person whose ideas & policies may be bad, but who should definitely be given a 4th chance. She is trying very hard & has every right to take down the Democrat Party if she has veered too far left!"

On Sunday's "AM Joy," Pelosi returned the favor, calling Trump a racist, but not in so many words.

She was asked to reflect on the situation in Charlottesville one year ago:

"The year has gone by quickly, but it has not diminished the sorrow this is for our country. We've gone backward. And the president, with all of his statements, is master of the dog whistle," Pelosi said.

"Everything that he has done, whether it's taking babies out of the arms of their -- of their moms, whether it's issues that relate to health care in our country, access to services and the rest is - is - it's his whole thing is make America white again. That's his thing. And - and he can say a nice thing today in a tweet, but the fact is his actions speak louder than his words."

On Sunday, as a small, white nationalist rally drew thousands of counter-protesters to Washington, D.C., President Trump tweeted: "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!"

Guest host Jonathan Capehart asked Pelosi why Republican leaders haven't spoken up "against something as pernicious as white supremacy and racism."

"Let me remind you that when the Republicans took power, when President Obama was president of the United States, what Mitch McConnell said is, the most important thing we can do is to make sure he does not succeed.

"If that wasn't a racist statement, that is unthinkable. We worked with President Bush although we had our differences. You don't make a statement to make sure that president doesn't succeed. Why did he say that? Why did he say that? So I think that when you ask that question, you're attributing a better -- higher set of values to the speaker and to Leader McConnell than is worthy of their actions."

Actually, it was conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh who said about Obama, "I hope he fails." Limbaugh said he was talking about Obama's liberal agenda. McConnell, on the other hand, said, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

Pelosi said Republicans are "afraid" of who the Democrats are:

"But they're afraid, they're afraid because we're going to have so many women coming in. It's going -- many more people of color. I remind you that our House Democratic caucus is a majority women, people of color, and LGBQ. And that number will only increase when we win in this election. That's frightening to some people in our country."

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