Pelosi Denies Denying Border Crisis [OPINION]
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) says Democrats never denied that there is a crisis at the southern border.
What? Run that by me again?
Pelosi, who famously accused the Trump Administration of "manufacturing" a crisis for political reasons, was singing a different tune during her weekly press conference.
"We have never not said that there was a crisis—there is a humanitarian crisis at the border, and some of it provoked by the actions taken by the administration," she said.
Not only is Madame Speaker now acknowledging that there is a crisis at the border, but she seems to endorse Trump's declaration of a state of emergency as well.
“What is happening at the border is tragic and we hope to address some of that in the disaster supplemental," she said. "And we understand our responsibility to secure our border.”
Far be it from me to call someone out for being full of crap but I am calling Pelosi out for being full of crap. She and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) as recently as four months ago accused Trump of using the “backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention.”
Trump was, according to Pelosi and Schumer, attempting to divert attention from the Mueller report, which was supposed to lead to Trump's removal from office.
Keep in mind, folks, that this is the same Pelosi that famously suggested that the best way to keep people from crossing into the United States illegally was to mow the grass. And these are the same Democrats that have been politicizing the issue of illegal immigration for as long as it worked for them. Polling data must indicate it's a loser so now they pretend their previous position never existed.
Whatever the reason for Pelosi's metamorphic about-face on the border crisis, I welcome her participation. Now that both parties apparently agree that there is a crisis maybe we can find a bi-partisan approach to fixing the problem.
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