House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is showing no signs of trying to get along with President Donald Trump.
In an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Pelosi unabashedly announced that she is content to ignore the president, making clear to host George Stephanopoulos that she’s “not paying too much attention” to Trump’s Twitter feed.
“I’m not paying too much attention”
Pelosi was reacting Sunday to protests that broke out across the country in response to the police-involved death of a Minnesota man named George Floyd. The officer seen in viral video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes ahead of his death has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to the Wall Street Journal — but that hasn’t stopped the demonstrations, which have reportedly morphed from peaceful to destructive in some parts of the country.
“Let’s hope that justice will be done, as we go forward,” Pelosi said of Floyd’s death, according to a transcript provided by the House speaker’s office. “I think there were some unfortunate statements made that were provocative in terms of the outbursts of concern that we are seeing.”
According to the transcript, that remark from the speaker prompted Stephanopoulos to ask:
You mentioned those unfortunate statements. Are you referring to President Trump’s tweets, including one where he said, “When the shooting — when the looting starts, the shooting starts?”
But Pelosi said emphatically that her comments had nothing to do with the president. “I’m not paying too much attention to what the president says,” she told Stephanopoulos. “I’m talking about the injustice, the knee in the neck.
“I’m talking about President [Barack] Obama saying that if we go to normal, back to — people say, ‘Let’s go back to normal.’ Well, normal hasn’t been so great for a lot of people. Let’s make sure normal is consistent with liberty and justice for all,” Pelosi added, according to the transcript. “I kind of ignore what President Trump says.”
Pelosi’s message of unity
Ironically, Pelosi had said earlier in that same interview with Stephanopoulos that she wants the country to “come together” in the wake of tragedy. “Let’s be prayerful, especially on a Sunday morning, about how we can put our differences aside, because this is the greatest country in the world. And we want to live up to the legacy of America,” she said, according to the transcript.
Apparently, that message of unity doesn’t extend from the Capitol to the White House.
Pressed by Stephanopoulos on what Trump should “be doing right now,” Pelosi said: “The president of the United States should bring dignity to the office that he serves. He should be a unifying force in our country.
“We have seen that with Democratic and Republican presidents all along,” she added, according to the transcript. “They have seen their responsibility to be the president of the United States, to unify our country. And not to fuel the flame. Not to fuel the flame.”
Perhaps Pelosi should take her own advice to heart.