House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gave an eight-hour speech on DACA recipients, thanking their parents for breaking the law and entering the country illegally.
Check it out…
From Daily Wire:
When she took to the House floor on Wednesday for a filibuster-style speech, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi thanked illegal aliens for having the “courage” to bring their children illegally into the United States.
During Pelosi’s remarks, she portrayed the parents of “Dreamers” as victims who have had to endure much “risk” to bring their families illegally into the country.
“I say to their parents: Thank you for bringing these Dreamers to America. We’re in your debt for the courage it took, for you to take the risk, physically, politically, in every way, to do so,” Pelosi said.
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— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) February 7, 2018
However, not all Democrats are pleased with Pelosi’s “stunt.” It backfired BIGLY.
From Daily Wire:
Politico interviewed almost a dozen House Democrats, several of whom only spoke on condition on anonymity so they could give honest responses about their opinion of Pelosi’s stunt. Many agreed that she was trying to “shore up support with the progressive base” who feel Democrats have failed to do enough to protect Dreamers. “By agreeing to the spending caps deal, [Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL)] and others argued, Democrats gave up all their leverage to force Republicans into serious negotiations to shield Dreamers from deportation,” Politico explains.
Others believe her 8-hour filibuster-style speech just made life more difficult for many Democrats:
Some centrist-minded Democrats said Pelosi’s daylong protest could — by calling attention to the failure to provide relief for Dreamers — make it that much harder for vulnerable members to vote for the budget deal. …
“This stunt … had nothing to do with protecting vulnerable members who have to take a difficult vote,” said one moderate lawmaker who asked not to be named. “Working out this deal and then saying she’s not going to vote for it? Come on. She was at the table.” …
All House Democrats are supportive of Dreamers. But several members, particularly centrists, are wary of using the immigration issue as a campaign cudgel, worried it could derail Democrats’ chances of taking back the House.
Gutiérrez, who is retiring at the end of this year, slammed Pelosi, saying, “There’s all kinds of ways, I assure you, that leadership exercises its influence — the least of which is a floor speech.”
Even the left is turning on Pelosi!
The Hill has more on Pelosi’s recond-long House speech:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday commandeered the House floor to deliver a marathon monologue designed to secure protections for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.
In a record-breaking eight-hour, seven-minute speech featuring prayers, Bible passages and testimonials from “Dreamers,” Pelosi vowed to oppose a sweeping, two-year budget package — a deal she herself helped to negotiate — unless Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) pledges to consider legislation shoring up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Trump is sunsetting in less than a month.
The extraordinary speech was at once a remarkable display of endurance for the 77-year-old Pelosi and a media sensation generating endless buzz across Capitol Hill. It was also something else: a clear signal to Pelosi’s troops — some of them questioning her dedication to securing Dreamer protections — that she’s leading the fight on immigration head-first.
Better luck next time, Nance!
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]