During a event at Northeastern University on Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed “civilization as we know it is at stake” in the 2020 election.
Newsweek reports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that “civilization as we know it is at stake” in the upcoming 2020 election, telling a Boston audience Monday that a second President Donald Trump term in the White House could threaten U.S. democracy.
Pelosi, speaking at Northeastern University on Monday, told attendees of the dire consequences she sees ahead of November’s presidential election, particularly citing the president’s budget cuts and “hoax” claims amid the novel coronavirus spread. The longtime California Democrat urged Republicans to “take back” the party from Trump, who she said went out of his way to dismantle the National Security Agency and withdraw funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “after he even knew about the coronavirus” spread.
“My view, civilization as we know it is at stake. It’s about everything. It’s about America. We ask God to bless America,” Pelosi said Monday, Fox News correspondent Rob DiRienzo first reported. “I say to my Republican friends, and I do have them, take back your party.”
In December, speaking at a CNN town hall, Pelosi made similar comments, telling the audience Trump “devalues” America’s positions as being a beacon of hope for struggling parts of the world. She spoke to attendees about the importance of voting Trump out of office in the coming election, “Again, we don’t agonize, we organize. And we do so in a way that is unifying for our country. It is absolutely imperative, civilization as we know it today is at stake in the next election and certainly our planet.”
On Monday, Pelosi addressed the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus spread, saying his budget and employee cuts to U.S. health agencies were detrimental to the government’s initial attempts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 illness.
“In his budget, even after he knew about the coronavirus, [Trump] cut $700 million out of the CDC budget, $700 million,” Pelosi said, noting that she asked Trump how he could let go of so many people whose function is to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. “‘I don’t like having a lot of employees around, if we need them we can hire them back,'” she said the president replied.
Pelosi also addressed her willingness to fight against Republicans and in favor of the Affordable Care Act to keep some of the country’s most vulnerable people insured. “We’re going to fight them in the Congress, in the country and in the court of law to preserve all that that means, the lives saved, the progress made.”
An audience member also asked Pelosi if she’s in support of the country’s first woman president potentially being a Republican, prompting the house House Speaker to reply, “That’s okay … I usually always cast my vote for a woman, I just do…if I have that opportunity,” she said as the crowd applauded.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "Just generally, I usually always cast my vote for a woman. I just do." pic.twitter.com/caeEWJ4qHE
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