There’s a bizarre three-way fight brewing in Washington, and the gloves are coming off.
California Democrat Nancy Pelosi has long been a foil for Republicans, clashing with conservatives ever since she became the speaker of the House during the George W. Bush presidency.
It’s no surprise that the liberal leader is now butting heads with President Donald Trump — but she probably didn’t expect to be clashing with big names in her own party, as well. Pelosi has found herself squabbling with the president and far-left Democrats like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a verbal boxing match that could impact the coming election.
On Monday, President Trump blasted Pelosi for suggesting that his famous campaign slogan had anything to do with race. The Democrat has already been called out for racial bias by Ocasio-Cortez, putting the controversy on very odd ground.
On Sunday, Pelosi sent out a tweet which strongly implied that Trump was a racist who wanted to favor white Americans over others.
When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again.
Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power. https://t.co/ODqqHneyES
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 14, 2019
“When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again,” Pelosi tweeted.
That tweet was itself responding to something Trump had previously posted. Early Sunday morning, the president called out “Progressive Democrat Congresswomen,” specifically Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” Trump posted in a widely criticized series of tweets.
That line in particular was highlighted by the left as racist, considering the fact that all of the congresswomen are of course American citizens, and only Omar is actually from a foreign country. The others were all born in the United States.
But Trump took the criticism as he usually does: By pushing ahead and attacking his opponents right back.
“Speaker Pelosi said ‘make America white again,’ that’s a very racist statement,” Trump said during an event at the White House, according to The Hill.
His latest jab may have been undermined by his own tongue, however. Despite calling Pelosi’s tweet “a very racist statement,” Trump actually defended the Democrat just days ago.
“I’ll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do: She is not a racist,” Trump said on Friday. He was defending the liberal from Ocasio-Cortez and the other young congresswomen who are struggling for power against the speaker.
“For them to call her a racist is a disgrace,” Trump added on Friday. His tone was much more abrasive days later.
Let’s be honest: This entire controversy is a tangled mess. It has devolved into a three-way mud slinging contest, with Trump, Pelosi and AOC all competing for soundbites and chances to point fingers.
Trump’s core point, however, is still solid. For the leader of the Democratic party to claim that the simple slogan “Make America Great Again” is some sort of pro-white anthem is clearly ridiculous.
So far, the Trump presidency has brought benefits for all Americans, regardless of their skin color. Jobs for black and Hispanic Americans are booming. He’s taken historic steps on criminal justice reform, an important issue with people of color.
And that’s what we should focus on. The country is actually improving in tangible, measurable ways — and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to remember that, and leave the constant soundbite squawking behind.
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