Here Are The Biggest Takeaways From Nancy Pelosi's Interview With Joy Reid
Conservatives had found their clip of the week when a short victory speech from a new congresswoman had gone viral. Thursday morning Rashida Tlaib, U.S. Representative from Michigan's 13th congressional district and 66 other Democratic freshmen members of Congress were sworn-in that morning and to celebrate, moveon.org held a reception, and Tlaib made the following remarks, " And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama, look. You won. Bullies don’t win.' And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t,’ because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherfucker.” The first Palestinian-American elected into congress stood by her choice of words saying, " I know that if I was a man, it might have been differently. I know that for me I’ve always been this way. I think no one expects me to be anything but myself. The girl from Southwest Detroit, the little sassy and attitude. I think the President has met his match," on Detroit's Local 4 news. The President responded, calling her comments "disgraceful" but arguably the more important opinion on Tlaib's call to action would be from the new house speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 26, 1940, Pelosi grew up in politics. He father, Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr. was a former congressman for Maryland's 3rd congressional district, and he was "Mobtown's" first Italian-American mayor. After graduating from Trinty College with a BA in political science, Pelosi worked her way through the ranks. Positions held include working on California's governor, Jerry Brown's presidential campaign (1976); the chair for California Democratic Party initially for the northern Cali and then the entire state (1977 & 1981); San Francisco's Democratic National Convention Host Committee Chairwoman (1984) and the Finance Chairwoman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (1985). In 1987 Nancy Pelosi would follow in her father's footsteps and joined the US House of Representatives representing California's 5th Congressional District and 8th Congressional District respectively. She became the first female speaker of the house in 2006 and on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019, she would reclaim that title again, smack dab in the middle of a government shut down and Tlaib's Trump's criticism.
Pelosi's shared her opinion on the choice of words with MSNBC's Joy Reid in an exclusive town hall meeting. Returning to her alma mater and speaking in front of an audience that resembles her Democratic house officials (racially diverse and full of women), Pelosi said, "I probably have a generational reaction to it," following with a chuckle. "I'm not in the censorship business. I don't like that language, I wouldn't use that language, but I wouldn't establish language standards for my colleagues, but I don't think it's anything worse than what the president has said." If you thought the congresswoman, who is third in the power line behind 45 and Vice President Mike Pence, is worried about colorful language and eagerness to impeach from her neophyte Democrat congressmen and women she isn't for now. That wasn't the only big take away from her interview with Reid
Pelosi wants to focus on what's ahead. As questions were set up using Donald Trump as the backdrop, Nancy playfully wined, " let's not talk about Donald Trump, let's talk about the future." Indeed the future of the democratic party is bright and understands the importance of speaking to the people on issues beyond the president's antics. On our country's southern border, she's not supporting a wall, but she is pro-secured borders. "Secure our borders. Legalize the people [immagrants] who are here they can participate fully. Do so in a way that energizes America." She doubled down on a secure border adding "and I emphasize that, secure our borders because that's a responsibility, protect and defend our country."
Last but not least, Pelosi is ready to work with the president. In her conversation, she listed bipartisan issues: lowering the cost of prescription drugs, building America's infrastructure and more that she's ready to tackle. Nancy's reintroduction as the Head Representative in Charge may look daunting in the Trump era, but the gavel in hand Pelosi is fit to take on the job.
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