Nancy Pelosi knows a thing or two about the halls of Congress and she also knows that Donald Trump's hostile rhetoric didn't just grow out of a black hole. And no, Trump's ascendance to head of the Republican Party isn't just a bizarre accident either. His crazy, hyperbolic rants simply reflect exactly what many Republican lawmakers—especially those in wildly gerrymandered districts—have been saying all along. No one knows that better than Pelosi, writes Nick Gass:
"None of the things that he has said that members of Congress haven't said over and over again on the Republican side," Pelosi said on CNN's "New Day," quickly adding, that it is "not all of them." [...]
I think that in Congress if you look at the record, the public record on, for example, immigration," the California Democrat continued. "There are worse statements made by members of Congress for a long period of time that they tried to implement into law in terms of Muslims into our country. Shocking language used by Republicans in Congress. So he’s a reflection of them, which is why I think that some of the establishment Republicans are unhappy with Trump for what he says, but also he's pulled back the veil."
Pelosi also asserted that Donald Trump would definitively “not” win the White House because the American people aren’t “bigots.”
"He's not going to be president. Let's be very clear," Pelosi declared, as co-host Chris Cuomo asked, "Where does the confidence come from?"
"My confidence comes from the trust and faith I have in the American people," Pelosi said. "The American people are not negative. They're not bigots."
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